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Learning from Mount Hua

Learning from Mount Hua
A Chinese Physician's Illustrated Travel Record and Painting Theory

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Part of Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics

  • Date Published: May 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2015
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521411127

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  • Learning from Mt. Hua is a close study of a travelog written and illustrated by a late-fourteenth-century Chinese physician and amateur painter, Wang LÜ. Transformed by the experience of scaling Mt. Hua, the Sacred Mountain of the West, Wang struggled to free himself from existing vocabularies of mountain forms and established conventions for travel painting. The final result is an album of forty unusual paintings and a moving travel record, translated here for the first time. Having reconstructed the original sequence of the paintings, Liscomb relates these landscapes to the travel record, helping the reader share Wang's experiences as he crosses treacherous chasms, visits famous Daoist temples, and analyzes geological lore. Wang LÜ formulated his highly original ideas about painting in a preface accompanying the Mt. Hua album. Liscomb translates this and another of his essays on landscape painting in full and argues that it is necessary not only to analyze them in relation to contemporary and earlier art theories, but also in connection with Wang's writings as a medical scholar. The author interprets the responses of later critics, too, analyzing the factors in late Ming criticism that fostered and inhibited an understanding of Wang's ideas.

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    "Liscomb's Learning from Mt. Hua is another example of groundbreaking, for as no study of this album has done before, it perceptively recognizes and authoritatively confirms the importance of a remarkable legacy in pictures and words of a man who traveled and painted with his eyes open." Kenneth Ganza, China Review International

    " elegantly produced volume which contains the travel record and a series of paintings by Wang LÜ, a fourteenth-century Chinese physician and painter....The book is richly researched and the paintings are carefully chosen for the texts....Learning from Mt. Hua is a book which needs and deserves to be read over and over again." Maria Nöelle Ng, Canadian Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521411127
    • length: 245 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 210 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.953kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2015
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Foreword by Francesco Pellizi
    Part I: Introduction
    Part II:
    1. Wang Lü's travel record illustrated with his paintings
    2. Wang Lü's 'Preface to the Second Version of the Mt. Hua Paintings'
    3. Wang Lü's 'Preface to the Painting Models Album'
    Part III:
    4. Self-reliance as the true way to follow tradition
    5. Wang Lü and the fourteenth century debates on the ideal relationship of expression and representation
    6. Off the beaten track, seeking new ways to paint Mt. Hua
    Part IV:
    7. The legacy of a man out of tune with his times
    Chinese texts

  • Author

    Kathlyn Maurean Liscomb

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