An Illustrated History of Chinese Painting, Vol. 1


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An Illustrated History of Chinese Painting, Vol. 1


Author/Editor: Editorial Board

Illustrators: Various

Order No. 1140

ISBN-13: 9781622460342

ISBN-10:  1622460340

Binding: Soft Hardcover

Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books

Pub Year: 2017

Language: English

Size: 8.5 x 11

Page: 426

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About the Book


An Illustrated History of Chinese Painting traces artists and masterpieces in Chinese painting history. With pictures and text in two volumes, the author follows dynasties chronologically and discusses artists and their artworks, offering historical and academic insights into art in an easy-to-understand language for both professionals and the general public.


Volume One chronicles over 400 artworks by more than 120 artists from the primitive times up to the Yuan, tracing the evolution of art through different dynasties. Volume Two presents more than 500 artworks, most of which are paintings, by over 180 artists of the Ming and the Qing. 


With a total of 300 artists and 900 paintings, An Illustrated History of Chinese Painting is perhaps the most comprehensive book of Chinese painting in the English publication. Each artist is given a profile and each painting has the type, dimensions, year of creation, and the location information, in addition to a short introduction to and an analysis of the painting. One noticeable feature is that some important artists who had long been marginalized or misunderstood by art historians such as Qian Xuan and the Four Wangs of the Qing dynasty have been given due attention in the book.


About the Author/Editor


An Illustrated History of Chinese Painting, in two volumes, was compiled and edited by an editorial board composed of scholars at the China Academy of Art and Art College of Hangzhou Normal University as well as editors at Zhejiang People’s Fine Art Publishing House. The editorial board has successfully completed a series of key publication projects including books sponsored by the National Publication Foundation. The books published by the editorial board include Selected Art Works of Celebrated Ancient Artists in fifty volumes and Famed Paintings in Retrospection in eight volumes.




Chapter One 

Painting of the Primitive Society (circa 1.7 million years ago up to 2000 years BC) 

1. First Dawning of Primitive Painting 

2. Decorations on Painted Pottery 


Chapter Two 

Painting of Xia, Shang, Western Zhou, Spring & Autumn (circa 2000 BC to 476 BC) 

1. Glory of the Bronze Age 

2. Paintings Mentioned in Historical Documents 

3. Decorative Patterns on Bronze Wares


Chapter Three 

Painting of the Warring States, the Qin and the Han Dynasties (475 BC- 220 AD) 

1. Foundation Period of the History of Chinese Painting 

2. Paintings Documented in Ancient Writings 

3. Silk Painting of the Warring States 

4. Painting of the Qin 

5. Silk Paintings and Murals of the Han 

6. Painted Images on Stones and Bricks of the Han


Chapter Four 

Painting of the Wei, the Jin and the Southern and Northern Dynasties (220-589 AD) 

1. An Age that Impacted Painting in Later Ages 

2. Painting of Wei, Jin and Southern Dynasties 

3. Painting of Northern Dynasties 

4. Grotto Murals 


Chapter Five 

Painting of the Sui and the Tang Dynasties (581-907 AD) 

Paintings of the Sui and the Tang: Glory in All Colors


Chapter Six 

Painting of the Five Dynasties, the Northern and Southern Song Dynasties (907-1279 AD) 

1. Painting Reached the Height of Grandeur


Chapter Seven 

Painting of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD)


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Weight 4 lbs