Google full text of our books:


Commemorative Landscape Painting in China
Anne de Coursey Clapp

Paperback | 2012 | $30.95 | £25.95 | ISBN: 9780691154763
144 pp. | 7 x 10 | 51 color illus. 35 halftones.
Add to Shopping Cart

Reviews | Table of Contents
Preface[PDF] pdf-icon | Foreword [PDF] pdf-icon | List of Illustrations [PDF] pdf-icon

When is a landscape more than a landscape? This is a richly illustrated study of an important genre of Ming-dynasty Chinese painting in which landscapes are actually disguised portraits that celebrate an individual and his achievements, ambitions, and tastes in an open effort to win recognition, support, and social status. In this unique study, Anne de Coursey Clapp presents a broad view of these commemorative landscape paintings, including antecedents in the Song and Yuan dynasties.

The book traces how in commemorative landscape painting members of the literati address their peers in a deeply familiar language of values, just as they had for centuries through literary biography. Although the setting for such pictures is always natural landscape, it is secondary to the man, and its true function is to mirror him as the humanistic ideal of the recluse-scholar. The book shows how the literary associations attached to the new landscape increased during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), when the first commemorative paintings appeared, and flourished through the Ming (1368-1644), producing an art form that was simultaneously pictorial and verbal. In the course of exploring the sources and meaning of these paintings, the book examines several varieties of dedicatory paintings, including departure paintings, and the interesting subgenre of "biehao," in which portrait subjects are symbolized through pictorial representations of their literary names.


"A detailed and insightful essay on a type of occasional painting popular in later China. . . . In addition to its erudition, this book is a most enjoyable read."--Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

Table of Contents:

Foreword 7
Preface and Acknowledgments 9
List of Illustrations 11

Chapter One 15
Early Commemorative Landscape in the Song Dynasty

Chapter Two 41
Conspicuous Seclusion

Chapter Three 79
What's in a Name? The Biehao Painting

Notes 111
Selected Bibliography 117
Glossary of Chinese Names and Terms 125
Index 131


Subject Areas:

  • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

 Paperback : $30.95 ISBN: 9780691154763

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

  • For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

 Paperback  £25.95 ISBN: 9780691154763

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

Prices subject to change without notice

File created: 4/20/2017

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share 
Send me emails
about new books in:
Asian And Asian American Studies
More Choices