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The Resource The painter's practice : how artists lived and worked in traditional China, James Cahill

The painter's practice : how artists lived and worked in traditional China, James Cahill

Label
The painter's practice : how artists lived and worked in traditional China
Title
The painter's practice
Title remainder
how artists lived and worked in traditional China
Statement of responsibility
James Cahill
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In The Painter's Practice, James Cahill reveals the intricacies of the painter's life with respect to payment and patronage - an approach that is still largely absent from the study of East Asian art
  • Drawing upon such unofficial archival sources as diaries and letters, Cahill challenges the traditional image of the disinterested amateur scholar-artist, unconcerned with material rewards, that has been developed by China's literati, perpetuated in conventional biographies, and abetted by the artists themselves
  • His work fills in the hitherto unexplored social and economic contexts in which painters worked, revealing the details of how painters in China actually made their living from the sixteenth century onward
  • Considering the marketplace as well as the studio, Cahill reviews the practices and working conditions of artists outside the Imperial Court such as the employment of assistants and the use of sketchbooks and prints by earlier artists for sources of motifs. As loose, flamboyant brushwork came into vogue, Cahill argues, these highly imitable styles ironically facilitated the forger's task, flooding the market with copies, sometimes commissioned and signed by the artists themselves
  • In tracing the great shift from seeing the painting as a picture to a concentration on the painter's hand, Cahill challenges the archetype of the scholar-artist and provides an enlightened perspective that profoundly changes the way we interpret familiar paintings
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
305.9/75/0951
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ND1043.5
LC item number
.C35 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Bampton lectures in America
Label
The painter's practice : how artists lived and worked in traditional China, James Cahill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-175) and index
Contents
1. Adjusting Our Image of the Chinese Artist -- 2. The Painter's Livelihood -- 3. The Painter's Studio -- 4. The Painter's Hand
Control code
5498079
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
xi, 187 p.
Isbn
9780231081801
Lccn
93008790
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28339129
  • (OCoLC)28339129
Label
The painter's practice : how artists lived and worked in traditional China, James Cahill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-175) and index
Contents
1. Adjusting Our Image of the Chinese Artist -- 2. The Painter's Livelihood -- 3. The Painter's Studio -- 4. The Painter's Hand
Control code
5498079
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
xi, 187 p.
Isbn
9780231081801
Lccn
93008790
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28339129
  • (OCoLC)28339129

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