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Stephen Little

Chinese Paintings

from Japanese Collections

Chinese Paintings
$ 49.95| £ 39.99 (* recommended retail price)

Filled with magnificent examples of Chinese paintings from four dynasties, spanning the 8th through the 17th century, this book traces Japan’s role in preserving part of China’s cultural heritage.

Exploring a high point in the cultural exchange between China and Japan, this volume presents forty masterpieces of the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties that made their way to Japan over a period of eight centuries. These paintings are significant as mirrors of the two cultures. The book explores themes such as the role of Japan in preserving key parts of China’s cultural and artistic heritage; the aspects of Japanese identity that derive from traditional Chinese culture; the use of Chinese paintings as models for key traditions of Japanese painting; and the use of Chinese paintings as status symbols in Japan. Filled with exquisite reproductions, the book offers in-depth analysis of each painting, including its religious or secular significance and provenance in China and Japan.

With contributions from Stephen Little, Christina Yu Yu
Hardcover, 176 pages, 24x28, 120 color illustrations, 7 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7913-5353-1
US May 19, 2014
UK May 23, 2014
Status of delivery: This title is available.


STEPHEN LITTLE is Florence and Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and Head of the Chinese and Korean Art Departments at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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