1976 A Collection of Famous Chinese Paintings Tang Sung Yuan & Ming Dynasties
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
The first edition of this work.
Complete in two volumes.
Text is in Chinese.
Nicely bound in a decorative silk binding.
A striking work looking into the beautiful and popular paintings of the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties.
These two volumes cover a vast period of Chinese history, an interesting point of view looking at the development of the country through its art from the year 619 with the Tang Dynasty, up to the end of the Ming Dynasty in 1644, thus covering a millenium of the country's history.
The Tang dynasty is known as the golden age of Chinese civilization, with its advancements in artistic technique and style being incredibly influential across East and Central Asia. Into the Song Dynasty painting reached a new level of sophistication with landscape painting, with many depicting mountains and rivers. The Yuan Dynasty saw painters turn more to expressing soul and spirits in their art, with scholar artists leading a movement of expression emotion, thought, and personality through their art. Finally, the Ming Dynasty saw a great development in the use of colour in painting, with art emulating the earlier realistic representation shown in the Song dynasty.
The one-hundred and twenty-one paintings portrayed in these volumes show the beauty and splendour of the Chinese landscapes, wildlife, and people, as well as showing the maturity and colourful nature of their artistic techniques.
Volume I illustrated with three folding plates, twenty-three colour plates, and eighty-three monochrome plates.
Volume II illustrated with two colour plates, and one-hundred and ten monochrome plates.
In the original publisher's silk binding. Externally, smart. A little fading to the head and tail of the boards and spines. A little wear to the extremities. A few very light marks to the boards. Mark to the front paste down of Volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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