How to Read Chinese Paintings
By (author) Maxwell K. Hearn
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How to Read Chinese Paintings by Maxwell K. Hearn
Book DescriptionThe Chinese often use the expression du hua, "to read a painting," in connection with their study and appreciation of such works. This volume closely "reads" thirty-six masterpieces of Chinese painting from the encyclopedic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to reveal the major characteristics and themes of this rich pictorial tradition. The book examines multiple layers of meaning--style, technique, symbolism, past traditions, and the artist's personal circumstances--through accessible texts and numerous large color details. A dynastic chronology, map, and list of further readings supplement the text. Spanning a thousand years of Chinese art, these landscapes, flowers, birds, figures, religious subjects, and calligraphies illuminate the main goal of every Chinese artist: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but also its inner essence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300141870
(305mm x 235mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Maxwell K. Hearn
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An illuminating investigation into how contemporary Chinese artists have reinterpreted past traditions to forge new artistic paths
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Author Biography - Maxwell K. Hearn
Maxwell K. Hearn is Douglas Dillon Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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