By Jason Steuber
A window right into a international of striking attractiveness and secret, China a party in artwork and Literature finds the wonderful 5,000-year-old historical past of this historic and fascination tradition. In 240 pages and greater than a hundred full-color photographs, this quantity strains China via its stories and tales, performs and poetry, work and objects--from old divinations incised on bovine scapula to trendy «peoples literature» spawned from revolution from Tang dynasty silk scrolls depicting chic mountain valleys to government-commissioned propoganda posters.China accommodates textual content and photographs which are chornologically ordered in each one of its 8 thematic chapters
Birth & Life
Nature & Environment
Love & Family
Mind & Memory
Food & Drink
War & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Death & Afterlife
Among the literary decisions integrated are the recognized publication of Songs, the epic Dream of crimson Towers, the complicated dramatic masterpiece The Romance of the Western Chamber, and works from Confucious, Laozi, Du Fu, and Su Shi.
More than a hundred artworks from the traditional to the modern, via artists together with Gu Kaizhi, Wang Hui, Lam Qua, and Li Keran. nearly all of the pictures may be from most sensible Asian artwork collections within the US The Metropolitan Museum of paintings, The Boston Museum of good artwork, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of artwork, in Kansas urban, The De younger in San Francisco with the remainder coming from Europe (the British Museum) and China.
The exact pairings of artwork and literature in China will enrapture as they reveal--this anthology will unavoidably grip all who input it, be they subtle appreciators or keen beginners of China.
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J , J - NATURE &. ENVIRONMENT A.. 'V' MY OLD TRIP THROUGH THE YANGZI GORGES Lu You (1125-1210) ~ng ago I made that journey, fall rain coming down lightly, reached the east wall of Jianping just as gates were closing. Host at the inn met me with greetings, words rambling on and on, his young wife grinding and cooking in her cheap white robe. Old boatmen who work the river, some drunk, some sobered up; merchants from Shu, peddlers of the gorges, clever at closing a deal; soon lamps went dark, people getting ready for bed, though outside we could still hear boats tying up, baggage being unloaded from horses.
E stars Heng and Ji never halt their courses, the sun runs swiftly as though pursued. White dew wets the garden chrysanthemums, fall winds strip the ash tree in the court. Whirr whirr go the wings of the grasshopper; shrill shrill the cold crickets' cry. Twilight dusk enfolds the empty curtains, the night moon enters white into chambers where lovely women put on their robes, jeweled and powdered, calling to each other. Hairpinned in jade, they come from northern rooms; with a clinking of gold, they walk the southern stairs.
Detail. In this poem Lu Guimeng details his response to Han Gan's painting. The piece describes not only the imposing horse owned by Tang dynasty Emperor Xuanzong (685-782; r. 712-756) but also how it relates to Western Zhou dynasty King Mu (r. 956-918 BCE), who embarked with his illustrious steeds on a journey to Mount Kunlun to see the Queen Mother of the West (see page 220) at Turquoise Pond. 53 NATURE &. ENVIRONMENT 54 FOUR UNTITLED POEMS Han Shan (Tang dynasty, 7th-9th century) :):day I sat before the cliff, So Han Shan writes you these words, sat a long time till mists had cleared.