Seller: ancientgifts (4,752) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382800585220 Treasures of Asia: Chinese Painting; Text by James Cahill. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 211 pages. Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; (1990). Dimensions: 11 x 9¼ inches. 2¼ pounds. The eyes of the world are turning again toward Asia, immemorial fountainhead of wisdom and magnificence, and toward China in particular, wither venerable traditions. The Chinese themselves have always regarded painting as the supreme art, the only art which demands more than mere craftsmanship can give, the only art pure and lyrical enough to stand on an equal footing with poetry and contemplative thought. Indeed with its incomparable refinements of design and subtle insight into nature and man, Chinese painting is unique in world art. In it pre-eminently an art of painting on silk and paper, mounted on rollers and forming vertical or horizontal scrolls. Many of China's greatest painters were also scholars and poets. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the museums and above all of the United States have acquired some fine examples. However the most precious scrolls are still jealously preserved in the Imperial collections now in Formosa (Taiwan) and in accessible temples and private collections in Japan. They have only been shown on rare occasion, and then only to a favored few, for the enjoyment of painting in the Orient is a privilege reserved for initiates. Long and delicate negotiations were needed to gain access to these hidden treasures. The publisher commissioned the author, the brilliant young American specialist James Cahill of the Freer Gallery in Washington, to go out and study them on the spot, accompanied by a technical staff. To photograph these rare works of art, many of the finest unpublished paintings among them. No expense was spared to make the book a memorable event in art publishing. Perfected by the research work and experience of many years, the publisher's techniques of color reproduction faithfully render the fine shades and subtle nuances of an art which is probably the most accomplished in the world. Inside this book you will find a magnificent panorama of nearly twenty centuries of one of the most precious, yet least known contributions to the art heritage of mankind. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Unread (?) oversized softcover. Rizzoli/Skira (1990) 216 pages. Book seems unread, there's no reading crease or any other evidence of being read, at worst it's been flipped through once or twice, but it does seem to me, unread. However there IS some shelfwear to the covers, principally very minor edge and corner shelfwear...but there is a corner modest crease to the upper corner of the backside of the cover, where it was likely caught against another book and partly turned back. It's a light crease, and the blank page in front of it also has a corner crease (which is why I believe it was likely caught against another book when being shelved). The book is otherwise unblemished except for slight rubbing to the back cover (back cover is gloss black and so easily shows rub marks from even the slightest contact, even merely from being shelved between other books). Just the normal slight wear expected in a new book caused by the book being shelved next to others. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, seemingly unread. Other than the mild shelwear to the covers, only VERY minimal wear exists consistent with a new book taken home and never read. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1275b. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: History of Chinese painting from the early figure paintings of the Han, Six Dynasties and Tang Periods through to painting in China in the 18th century. 212 pages with color tipped in plates of the artwork. Professor Cahill began collecting Chinese paintings in 1955 while on a Fulbright fellowship in Japan, where he was completing his dissertation on fourteenth-century (Yuan) painting. It was there that a noted Japanese scholar bestowed on him the name Ching Yuan Chai, which roughly translates as "Studio of One Who Is Looking Intently at the Yuan Dynasty." Throughout his long teaching career James Cahill used these collections as a means of gaining a better personal understanding of art, as an opportunity to explore areas of connoisseurship, and as a tool for teaching others these same disciplines. For Cahill, collecting meaningfully enriched the scope and depth of his comprehension of the intricacies of Chinese painting and culture. The Ching Yuan Chai and Cahill family collections consist of works from the Sung, Yuan, Ming, and Ch'ing dynasties, including major figure paintings and a selection of bird and flower subjects. The greatest strength, however, are the landscape paintings. Considered the highest category of painting in China, the landscape embodies the ideals of the Confucian scholar. This is the area of Chinese art in which we find the most daring experiments, the greatest developments, and the most intense art historical scrutiny. Over the years the collection has served the students well. In his teaching Professor Cahill used the Ching Yuan Chai collection as a primary resource; he has often said that the paintings themselves are the best teachers. Many of the students he has mentored have gone on to distinguished careers of their own and have in turn taught and laid groundwork for succeeding generations of scholars. The collection has allowed for student participation in all facets of connoisseurship, from learning to unroll a handscroll to successfully debating authenticity. In many cases the collection generated significant new scholarship, with Cahill and his students alternately leading the way. Seminars developed in response to new acquisitions, and many a term paper, master's thesis, and even a few doctoral dissertations were the result of working with this remarkable collection. Professor Cahill's emphasis on seeing the whole picture in a painting, not only reading the importance of the brushwork, puts him in contrast to some connoisseurs of Chinese painting. His own education in the arts was much influenced by personal contact with actual works of art, as opposed to the usual means of classroom study, using slides of paintings. Students, too, benefit from first-hand exposure to paintings, learning how to appreciate and understand a work of art with all the senses, not simply the intellect. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date single volume account of Chinese painting from prehistoric times to the present. Written by an outstanding scholar whose work is widely acknowledged in Chinese art studies, this classic work captures twenty centuries of Chinese painting. For some time to come it will be an indispensable work for students and the general reader who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of Chinese painting. REVIEW: Includes 100 reproductions in color. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Western museums have acquired some fine examples of Chinese painting, but the most precious scrolls are still carefully preserved in the Imperial collections and in inaccessible temples and private collections. For this book, James Cahill was commissioned to study these paintings on the spot, and to photograph the finest unpublished painting among them. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Classic work covering from the Han through 18th centuries. This work is considered the most current and useful study on painting and is used as the basis for university and museum courses. Covers early figure painting: Han, Six Dynasties and classic work covering from the Han through 18th centuries. T'ang periods, early landscape painting, Sung landscape, figures in landscape and garden settings, bird, flower and animals of the Sung, landscape of Southern Sung. Literati and Ch'an [Zen] painters of Sung, early and late Yuan painters, early Ming, Wu school, late Ming, early Ch'ing and 18th century painters. Dynastic tables. Excellent reference and outline. A classic and most scholarly resource. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: VERY GOOD. Unread or merely flipped through, but mildly shelfworn. See detailed condition description below., Material: Chinese Painting, Provenance: Ancient China, Publisher: Rizzoli/Skira (1990), Format: Oversized softcover, Length: 216 pages, Dimensions: 11 x 9¼ inches. 2¼ pounds.