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How to read Chinese paintings

Author: Maxwell K Hearn; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Chinese way of appreciating a painting is often expressed by the words du hua, "to read a painting." How does one do that? Because art is a visual language, words alone cannot adequately convey its expressive dimension. How to Read Chinese Paintings seeks to visually analyze thirty-six paintings and calligraphies from the encyclopedic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to elucidate what makes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hearn, Maxwell K.
How to read Chinese paintings.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)629894851
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maxwell K Hearn; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 9781588392817 1588392813 9780300141870 0300141874
OCLC Number: 192109717
Notes: "This volume is published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Anatomy of a masterpiece: how to read Chinese paintings, ' organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and held there from March 1 through August 10, 2008"--Title page verso.
Description: ix, 173 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 31 cm
Contents: Dynastic chronology --
Introduction --
Dragon steed --
Portraying talent --
Exquisite discipline --
The vastness and multiplicity of creation --
Landscape of emotion --
Magic realism --
The subtle subversive --
Expressive freedom in banishment --
Envisioning introspection --
Evocative abbreviation --
A private world --
Dream vision --
The zen of painting --
The perfection of nature --
Identification with nature --
Archaism as activist art --
Painting as calligraphy --
Controlled spontaneity --
Iron-wire lines --
Meticulous miniaturist --
The integration of poetry, painting, and calligraphy --
Pictorial diary I : Hard times --
Pictorial diary II : Contentment at life's end --
Conceptual landscape --
Visionary mountains --
Escapist fantasy --
Imaging an ideal world --
Martial virtue --
Proud defiance --
Portraiture as archetype --
Physiognomy as art --
Holy grotesques --
A declaration of faith --
The artifice of art --
Landscape as self-portrait --
Less is more.
Responsibility: Maxwell K. Hearn.
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The Chinese often use the expression du hua, 'to read a painting', in connection with their study and appreciation of such works. This volume 'reads' thirty-six masterpieces of Chinese painting from  Read more...

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