How to Read Chinese Paintings (The Metropolitan Museum of Art - How to Read)
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Maxwell K. Hearn
- Publish Date: 2008-08-01
The Chinese often use the expression du hua, âto read a painting,â in connection with their study and appreciation of such works. This volume closely âreadsâ 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 meaningâstyle, technique, symbolism, past traditions, and the artistâs personal circumstancesâthrough 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.Â