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Chinese Painting Style: Media, Methods, and Principles of Form 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0295959214
ISBN-10: 0295959215
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About the Author

Jerome Silbergeld is the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University. His books include "China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema" and "Hitchcock with a Chinese Face: Cinematic Doubles, Oedipal Triangles, and China's Moral Voice."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; 1st edition (August 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295959215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295959214
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally written for undergraduate university students, Professor Silbergeld has gifted the world with a gem of a book--a basic introduction to Chinese painting that first introduces the basics of its tools (brushes, ink, paper, seals) and formatting (wall paintings, screens, hand scrolls, albums...) before venturing further into its elements (line, wash, colour and texture), and various aspects of composition.

It does this through a careful selection of around 40 Chinese paintings that it repeatedly uses to illustrate points carefully demarcated for viewers by thin red lines and reference letters (a, b, c...) so each painting is used to illustrate a diverse range of points. This makes the book leaner than many introductions to Chinese painting (68 pages plus plates), but the result is one turns the last page with a surprising depth of knowledge of how classical Chinese paintings were constructed by their artists and an intimate knowledge of some of the most familiar Chinese paintings (for example, Ni Zan's "The Jung-shi Studio" and Liang Kai's "Huineng Tearing Sutras").

Regardless of one's exposure to classical Chinese painting (however faint or broad), there is plenty to learn, whether it is the date when paper was "first consciously championed as a medium for painting promoted by the Chinese gentry" (11C, page 9) or how to date paintings by how artists depicted a facial characteristic (pre and post-late 8C, page 47). Each reading will reveal more depths of fascinating information, just as each viewing reveals more secrets in a painting.

Highly recommended to anyone wishing to learn more about Chinese painting, and the short but excellent Bibliography at the end will show you the way ahead.
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This book is well written and extremely informative! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Chinese painting.
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For individuals interested in learning the fundamental of the art of Chinese painting should read this book. Of hundred some pages, almost half is comprised of color plates and b/w exhibits, which reinforce the written words.
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It arrived quickly. The book is in good condition. It's a excellent basic book to provide fundamental understanding of Chinese painting.
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Wonderful introduction to Chinese painting!
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