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Learning from Mount Hua

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

Part of Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics

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

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  • Originally published in 1993, Learning from Mount 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 Mount 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. Liscomb also translates the preface accompanying the Mt. Huaalbum and another of his essays on landscape painting and argues that it is necessary not only to analyse them in relation to contemporary and earlier art theories, but also in connection with Wang's writings as a medical scholar.

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    • Date Published: August 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
    Acknowledgements
    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
    Illustrations
    Chinese texts
    Appendix
    Notes.

  • Author

    Kathlyn Maurean Liscomb

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