Good in Good jacket. 083900267X Dust jacket condition: Good. Retired library book with usual library markings. Text free of underlining, writing and highlighting. Chinese art aspires to a timeless quality in its representation of natural and man-made forms, as well as in the abstractions of calligraphy, attempting to capture nothing less than the vital essence of a subject--itsTaoor Ch'i. This spirit is reflected in an emphasis on "one breath" technique, which demands that each line be executed in a single stroke, with no possiblity of correction. An unquestioned mastery of both brush and materials is required, as well as aesthetic sensibility of a high order. A noted painter and calligrapher himself, Dr. Kwo discusses the historical development of the techniques and styles evolved by Chinese masters from the 14th century B.C. to the present and the I parallel development of brushwork. A major contribution is his explanation of Chinese aesthetic concepts and criteria, which he illustrates, in some cases, with "good" and "bad" examples I of his own execution. He also discusses the artists I and schools that are associated with particular I aesthetic qualities and includes representative ] illustrations. The section on the practical techniques of brushwork is unique. While not writing a "how-to" manual per se, the author provides an in-depth, illustrated guide to the materials, technical principles, and major brush strokes of Chinese I painting and calligraphy that is matched nowhere I in its combination of artistic subtlety, clarity of I description, and usefulness. This book will be of I interest to students of art, to painters and calligraphers--amateur or professional--and to any-I one eager to approach Chinese art from a fresh land rewarding perspective. CONTENTS: Forward / List of Illustrations / Map of ancient China / Part I The historical development of the art of brushwork: Archaic period / Germinant period / Ripening period / Flourishing period / Part II The aesthetics of Chinese brush-work: Aesthetic roots / Aesthetic components / I Aesthetic standards / Styles in painting...204 pages.
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