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Fong, Wen
Landscapes clear and radiant : the art of Wang Hui (1632-1717) / Wen C. Fong, Chin-Sung Chang, and Maxwell K. Hearn ; edited by Maxwell K. Hearn
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  ND1049.W363 A4 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject Wang, Hui, 1632-1717 -- Exhibitions
Subject(s) Landscapes in art -- Exhibitions
Art -- China -- History -- 17th century
Physical Description xii, 236 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 32 cm
Note Catalog of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Sept. 9, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-222) and index
Contents Wang Hui and repossessing the past / Wen C. Fong -- Wang Hui: the evolution of a master landscapist / Chin-Sung Chang -- Art creates history: Wang Hui and The Kangxi emperor's southern inspection tour / Maxwell K. Hearn -- Catalogue: inscriptions, signatures, and seals / Shi-Yee Liu
Review "Wang Hui, the most celebrated painter of late-seventeenth-century China, played a key role both in reinvigorating past traditions of landscape painting and in establishing the stylistic foundations for the imperially sponsored art of the Qing court. Drawing upon his protean talent and immense ambition, Wang developed an all-embracing synthesis of historical landscape styles that constituted one of the greatest artistic innovations of late imperial China." "This comprehensive study of the painter, the first published in English, features three essays that together consider his life and career, his artistic achievements, and his masterwork - the series of twelve monumental scrolls depicting the Kangxi emperor's Southern Inspection Tour of 1689. The first essay, by Wen C. Fong, closely examines Wang Hui's genius for "repossessing the past," his ability to engage in an inventive dialogue with previous masters and to absorb their stylistic personae while making works that were distinctly his own. Chin-Sung Chang next traces the entire trajectory of Wang's development as an artist, from his precocious youth in the village of Yushan, through growing local and national fame - first as a copyist, then as the creator of groundbreaking panoramic landscapes - to the ultimate confirmation of his stature with the commission to direct the Southern Inspection Tour project. Focusing on this extraordinary eight-year-long effort, Maxwell K. Hearn's essay discusses the contemporary sources for the scrolls, the working methods of Wang and his assistants (comparing drafts with finished versions), and the artistic innovations reflected in these imposing works, the extant examples of which measure more than two feet high and from forty-six to eighty-six feet long." "This publication accompanies the exhibition "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)," held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from September 9, 2008, through January 4, 2009."--BOOK JACKET
Alternate Author Wang, Hui, 1632-1717
Chang, Chin-Sung, 1966-
Hearn, Maxwell K
Wang, Hui, 1632-1717. Imperial inspection tour of the South
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

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