By Jason Steuber
A window right into a international of remarkable good looks and secret, China a party in artwork and Literature unearths the wonderful 5,000-year-old heritage of this historical and fascination tradition. In 240 pages and greater than a hundred full-color photographs, this quantity strains China via its stories and tales, performs and poetry, work and objects--from old divinations incised on bovine scapula to fashionable «peoples literature» spawned from revolution from Tang dynasty silk scrolls depicting chic mountain valleys to government-commissioned propoganda posters.China accommodates textual content and photographs which are chornologically ordered in every 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 choices incorporated are the well-known ebook 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 artistic endeavors from the traditional to the modern, via artists together with Gu Kaizhi, Wang Hui, Lam Qua, and Li Keran. the vast majority of the pictures should 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 remaining coming from Europe (the British Museum) and China.
The distinctive pairings of paintings and literature in China will enrapture as they reveal--this anthology will unavoidably grip all who input it, be they subtle appreciators or keen rookies of China.
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Wild grass has no deep roots, it bears no pretty flowers, no pretty leaves. But it drinks in dew and water, sucks in the flesh and blood oflong dead corpses, and wrests its existence from each and every thing. When it is alive, it is always trampled on, cut down, until it dies and decays. But I am at ease, joyful. I will laugh; I will sing. Naturally I love my wild grass, but I hate the ground that uses it for decoration. Under the crust the subterranean fire is blazing. When it erupts, its lava will consume all the wild grass, all the tall tress.
Twilight dusk enfolds the empty curtains, the night moon enters white into chambers where lovely women put on their robes, jeweled and powdered, calling to each other. Hairpinned in jade, they come from northern rooms; with a clinking of gold, they walk the southern stairs. NATURE & ENVIRONMENT Court Lad;', Preparing Newly Woven Silk, Emperor Huizong (1082-1135). Handscroll, ink, color, and gold on silk. Detail. Where eaves are high comes the echo of fulling mallets, where columns are tall, the sad sound of their pounding.
SEVENTH MONTH Shijing (ca. JJth centul)J-221 fn BCE) the fifth month. the locust moves its legs; In the sixth month, the spinner sounds its wings. In the seventh month, in the fields; In the eighth month, under the eaves; In the ninth month, about the doors; In the tenth month, the cricket Enters under our beds. Chinks are filled up, and rats are smoked out; The windows that face [the north] are stopped up; And the doors are plastered. "Ah! " Seventh Month isfrom the Odes ofBinJound in the Shijing.