Scraps from a Collector's Note Book: Being Notes on Some Chinese Painters of the Present Dynasty, with Appendices on Some Old Masters and Art Historians

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Formerly E.J. Brill, 1905 - China painters - 135 pages
 

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Page 26 - His finger-paintings were so cleverly done that they could scarcely be distinguished from work done with the brush; they were highly appreciated by his contemporaries; but, since in his younger days he had scattered them indiscriminately, without painting them again in older age, they got very scarce. His best period seems to fall into the years 1700 — 1715. A series of finger-paintings made by him is described in the great Catalogue Raisonn Ilung-tu-shu-kuati-shu-hua-ki ( j^ J5 jj$ Щ ...
Page 66 - Whether that sculptural art, mainly of classical origin, had been brought direct from the Indus or from Bactria, there can be no further doubt, in view of these discoveries [regarding which cf. Dr. Stein's illustrations of pp. 436 seqq. of his book], that at an early date it found a true home and flourished in Khotan". Although these works of art were not 'backed by any epigraphical data, the Chinese bronze coins of the Han dynasty discovered in connection with some of them point to a period lying...
Page 66 - Peshawnr valley and the neighboring region". "Whether that sculptural art, mainly of classical origin, had been brought direct from the Indus or from Bactria, there can be no further doubt, in view of these discoveries [regarding which cf. Dr. Stein's illustrations of pp. 436 seqq. of his book], that at an early date it found a true home and flourished in Khotan".
Page 30 - Shou-p'ing, and his son Ma I. Both are said to have imitated those rare originals in such a manner, that even connoisseurs would not easily discover the fraud. It seems, however, that in this case the forger must be a greater artist than the original painter himself. Tsiang Ki-si, T 'ing-si's sister, had studied Yiin Sho'up 'ing's manner apparently under the tutorship of Ma Yiian-yii.
Page 58 - Cabinet (nel-ko) in 670. More brilliant even than his career was the reputation he earned as an artist, both in calligraphy and painting. He is considered by far the first colorist of his time and had probably the principal share in a celebrated picture representing foreign national types, painted conjointly with his brother. He painted very numerous portraits and scenes of life in scrolls and as wall pictures preserved in temples. Besides the lessons received from his father Li-pdn looked upon Chdng...
Page 30 - ... without their taking resort to dishonesty, if indeed the Chinese way of looking at it would stamp it as such. The picture market abounds with false seals and signatures, and he who falls in love with a Chinese painting should do so for no other reason but because he really likes it ; the artist's name and his seal are scarcely worth more than the dealer's label pasted on the outer end of the scroll, and certainly less than the trademark on a wine-bottle. Chinese law has no punishment in store...
Page 67 - T'ang Dynasty, who, like several other members of his family, excelled in landscape-painting, was born in AD 651 and died in 716, according to some in 720. In 713 he had been appointed field-marshal (ta-tsiang-lcun), for which reason his pictures are spoken of as "Marshal Li's Landscapes...
Page 68 - ... but not the brush. I adopt the strong points of each of them, and form a school of my own." Kuan T'ung became his pupil, and "in his eager desire to excel the master forgot to eat and sleep.
Page 50 - K'ai-ch, who looked upon the representation of man as the highest aim of pictorial art and whom Chang Yen-yuan included with Chang Song-yu and Wu Tau-tz'i among the first classics of antiquity, appears in Sie Ho's third class together with eight other artists.
Page 58 - ... in the field of arts caused him to be selected for the post of Minister of Public Works and finally led to his elevation to the rank of ' Duke. As a painter he created some of the best works known in Chinese art, such as "Game Cocks

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