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Ancient Chinese Widsom: Brush Away the Mystery of Traditional Chinese Painting

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Author: Zhang Ciyun; Chen Jie; ;
Language: English
Page: 153
Publication Date: 05/2020
ISBN: 9787532780099
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Chinese painting, also known as brush painting or ink-wash painting, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. However, the unique styles, techniques and perspectives of Chinese painting are often unfamiliar to readers and art lovers in other parts of the world. This book aims to expound the aesthetic concepts behind some famous Chinese paintings and tell interesting stories about their creation and their creators. It may serve as a helpful guide in exploring the fabulous yet mysterious treasure house of great Chinese paintings.

About the Author

Born in Shanghai in 1949, ZHANG Ciyun (Peter) is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Shanghai Daily, a leading regional English-language daily newspaper on the Chinese mainland. He is also a prolific translator and writer.

Mr. Zhang graduated from Jilin Normal University in China, majoring in English language, and later from Stanford University in the United States with a master’s degree in journalism.

Starting from 1980, he had worked in several news agencies in China and helped bring into existence four English-language newspapers, including China Daily and Shanghai Daily.

Table of Contents

T型帛画 T-Shaped Painting on Silk

女史箴图 Admonitions of the Court Instructress

步辇图 Emperor Taizong Receiving the Tibetan Envoy

明皇幸蜀图 Emperor Xuanzong’s Journey to Shu

八十七神仙卷 Eighty-Seven Celestials

照夜白 Night-Shining White

捣练图 Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk

五牛图 Five Oxen

敦煌壁画 Dunhuang Murals

写生珍禽图 Sketches of Birds, Insects and Turtles

韩熙载夜宴图 Night Revels of Han Xizai

江行初雪图 Early Snow on the River

溪山行旅图 Travelers Among Mountains and Streams

春山瑞松图 Mountains and Pines in Spring

清明上河图 Along the River During the Qingming Festival

瑞鹤图 Auspicious Cranes

千里江山图 A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains

货郎图 The Knickknack Peddler

泼墨仙人Immortal in Splashed Ink

九龙图卷 Nine Dragons

红衣罗汉图 Monk in a Red Robe

永乐宫壁画 Yongle Palace Murals

富春山居图 Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

杨柳青年画 Yangliuqing New Year Painting

庐山高图 Lofty Mount Lu

孟蜀宫妓图 Court Ladies in the Shu Palace

汉宫春晓图 Spring Morning in the Han Palace

墨葡萄图 Grapes

王士敏像 Portrait of Wang Shimin

西厢记版画插图 Woodblock Illustrations of a Novel

荷花双凫图 Lotus and Ducks

康熙南巡图 Emperor Kangxi’s Southern Inspection Tour

清王原祁仿黄公望富春山图 The Fuchun Mountains

百骏图 One Hundred Horses

远山烟竹图 Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain

梅花图 Plum Blossoms

奔马图 Galloping Horse

齐白石虾图 Shrimp

 

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Traditional Chinese painting, also known as brush painting or inkwash painting, is not only an essential part of the Chinese culture, but also one of the oldest art forms in the world.

With a history of more than 5,000 years, Chinese painting has evolved from ancient rock paintings and pottery drawings to paintings on silk and later on rice paper and other media. Such paintings all boast unique and salient characteristics.

Through millenniums, the nation has not only brought forth numerous great artists, but also created a number of greatest masterpiece paintings in the world.

However, their unique styles, techniques, perspectives and nearly ubiquitous symbolisms are often very different from arts of other cultures.

For instance, a Chinese painting usually combines painting, calligraphy and poetry. And it is considered unfinished if it doesn’t have at least one seal on it.

Also, the tools and media employed by artists of traditional Chinese painting, such as inksticks, inkstones, rice paper and brushes, are unfamiliar to people in other parts of the world. As a result, Chinese paintings, including some masterpieces, may seem mysterious to many of our readers.

This book, jointly created by writer Zhang Ciyun and art editor Chen Jie, attempts to explain the aesthetic concepts behind Chinese paintings and tell some interesting stories about their creation and their creators. It also tries to decipher the often multiple-layer meanings hidden in Chinese paintings and obtain a better understanding of such works through visual analyses.

So, with rich and colorful illustrations, this book could provide readers a glimpse into the fabulous, yet mysterious world of great Chinese paintings.

 

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