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Along the Border of Heaven: Sung and Yüan Paintings from the C.C. Wang Family Collection

Barnhart, Richard M.

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ISBN 10: 0870992910 / ISBN 13: 9780870992919
Verlag: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1983
Zustand: Near Fine Hardcover
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Clean, tight, square and bright first edition bound in tan cloth with black title on spine. Lightly toned on spine, and page 91 has a tiny chip on foredge, otherwise unmarked and fine. Very good slipcase (indicating first printing) is over all rubbed, worn on top edge, but structurally sound. Collection of paintings from the T'ang period through the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties. The Wang Family Collection has been handed down and added to for many generations. The works are presented in B&W and color plates accompanied by commentary on the artists and content. 191 pages includes index, appendices. The postal charges quoted are for an average-sized book. Due to size and weight of this item, additional postage may be required for non-domestic shipping. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2080139007

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Titel: Along the Border of Heaven: Sung and Yüan ...

Verlag: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1983

Einband: Cloth

Zustand: Near Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Jacket, as Published

Auflage: 1st Edition

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From the tenth century to the end of the Manchu Ch'ing dynasty early in this century, the dominant concern of the Chinese painter has been the natural world of landscape, trees and rocks, birds and animals, flowers and bamboo—"the myriad phenomena occasioned by consciousness," in the words of the eleventh-century art historian Kuo Jo-hsü. The older figure and narrative traditions remain vital for a time, during the period of the Sung (960–1279) and Yüan (1279–1368) dynasties, then rapidly declined, becoming the concern only of journeymen artisans and court chroniclers.

It is this watershed of Chinese art from the tenth through the fourteenth centuries, when the new art of landscape painting and bird and flower painting was born and the ancient traditions had their final flowering, that provides the historical context for this book. No attempt has been made, however, to provide a full historical background for the works discussed. A selection of some of the finest Sung and Yüan paintings from the collection of Wang Chi-ch'ien provides the only focus. These works have been grouped by subject matter and period, described and analyzed, and allowed to form their own network of relationships. Inevitably, there are imbalances and gaps. It is remarkable, nonetheless, that so complete a survey of Sung and Yüan painting can be written based on the collection of one connoisseur-collector. Few great museums outside of China could offer so rich and complete a selection.

(This title was originally published in 1982/83.)

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