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Ink Plum

Ink Plum
The Making of a Chinese Scholar-Painting Genre

  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 1999
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521391528


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  • Ink plum (momei) has been one of the most admired and widely practised genres of ink painting in China, Japan and Korea throughout the last six hundred years. In this study, the first full account of momei, Maggie Bickford provides a comprehensive account of genre-formation in Chinese painting. Fully interdisciplinary in approach, it demonstrates how art-historical, literary, cultural, and political situations, groups and individuals, catalysed one another to produce the birth of a new painting genre and its codification. Moreover, Ink Plum: The Making of a Chinese Scholar-Painting Genre examines critically the transformation of the alternative-art of the Song scholar-elite into the self-proclaimed orthodoxy of later Chinese painting.

    • First full-scale comprehensive account of Chinese ink-plum painting
    • First comprehensive case study of genre-formation in Chinese scholar painting
    • A case study of a key Chinese painting genre that supplies the need for a fully detailed developmental model for the formative processes of Chinese scholar painting
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521391528
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 223 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.395kg
    • contains: 91 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 1999
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations of the Flowering-Plum Tradition:
    1. The flowering plum in Chinese culture
    2. A primer of the flowering plum idiom
    3. The flowering plum aesthetic
    Part II. The Flowering-Plum in Painting: Pre-Song and Northern Song Developments:
    4. The flowering plum in pre-song and Northern song painting
    5. Monochrome flower painting in the rustic and elegant modes
    6. The flowering plum and the flowering of scholar-painting
    Part III. The Birth of the Ink-Plum Genre and its Early Development:
    7. The founder of a New Painting genre: Zhongren (d. 1123)
    8. The completion of the formative process
    9. A moment of balance, a moment of choice: the flowering plum in southern song painting
    Part IV. Momei under the Mongols: the Re-formation of the Genre during the Yuan Period:
    10. Momei under the Mongols
    11. Yuan ink-plum thought and theory
    12. Yuan ink-plum practice.

  • Author

    Maggie Bickford, Brown University, Rhode Island

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