China: 3000 Years of Art and Literature by Jason Steuber

By Jason Steuber

A window right into a international of amazing attractiveness and secret, China a party in artwork and Literature unearths the wonderful 5,000-year-old background of this old and fascination tradition. In 240 pages and greater than a hundred full-color pictures, this quantity strains China via its stories and tales, performs and poetry, work and objects--from historical divinations incised on bovine scapula to fashionable «peoples literature» spawned from revolution from Tang dynasty silk scrolls depicting elegant mountain valleys to government-commissioned propoganda posters.China comprises textual content and photographs which are chornologically ordered in each one of its 8 thematic chapters
Birth & Life
Nature & Environment
Love & Family
Mind & Memory
Food & Drink
War & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Death & Afterlife
Among the literary decisions integrated are the recognized e-book of Songs, the epic Dream of pink Towers, the advanced dramatic masterpiece The Romance of the Western Chamber, and works from Confucious, Laozi, Du Fu, and Su Shi.
More than a hundred artworks from the traditional to the modern, by means of artists together with Gu Kaizhi, Wang Hui, Lam Qua, and Li Keran. nearly all of the pictures could be from most sensible Asian artwork collections within the US The Metropolitan Museum of paintings, The Boston Museum of good paintings, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of paintings, in Kansas urban, The De younger in San Francisco with the remainder coming from Europe (the British Museum) and China.
The precise pairings of artwork and literature in China will enrapture as they reveal--this anthology will necessarily grip all who input it, be they subtle appreciators or keen newbies of China.

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China enjoys a long tradition oj leisure(y pUTsuits centered on nature and insects, such as rearing singing and fighting crickets as well as fighting spiders, as noted by Yuan Hongdao. Sun Liang's brightly painted Clouds of Spider Threads celebrates nature's freedom of movement by depicting airy webs in flight. 69 70 .... -Y' NATURE & ENVIRONMENT EPIGRAPH Lu Xun (Zhou Shuren, 1881-1936) ~en I am silent, I am fulfilled; when I am about to speak, I then feel empty_ My past life is dead. At this death I greatly rejoice, because I know from this death that my life once existed.

And color on silk. As the son oj the military warlord Cao Gao, Cao Zhi endured the hardships ofwar and the intellectual activities promoted by his father. Much as we see in his father's poems (see pages 40 and 162). Cao Zhi looked to nature to explain his experiences. As he discusses the battles played out by dueling animals, the poet addresses the world of his own youth. ' tI ,( •• \ r i !. : :.. , . ) , • 46 NATURE & ENVIRONMENT FULLING CLOTH FOR CLOTHES Xie Huilian (397-433) J . e stars Heng and Ji never halt their courses, the sun runs swiftly as though pursued.

1509). Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper. Lin Bu was a reclusive poet who lived alone all his life and never married. He made his home on an island known as Lone Mountain in the West Lake region of Hangzhou, Zhejiang PTOVince. Lin dedicated his writing to capturing the simple natural wonders that he encountered during excursions around the lake as well as in his secluded private gardens. 57 , • "t. , , ! Jt;.. - ... " NATURE &. ~ -'Of' ox Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072) as the sun comes over the eastern hedge, brown sparrows fly up in alarm; the snows melt and springtime stirs the sprouts of plants to growth.

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