The Way of the Brush: Painting Techniques of China and Japan

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Tuttle Publishing, 1962 - Art - 329 pages
The Way of the Brush: Painting Techniques of China and Japan examines the technique, style, traditions, and methods of Chinese ink painting and how they were interpreted in Japanese art. Illustrated with over 250 images and packed with instructions, The Way of the Brush covers every aspect of brush painting, from brushstrokes, composition and the painting surface to meaning, perspective and artistic philosophy.
  • Part One is a study of the techniques of Chinese painting and explains the elements, techniques and principles which eventually carried over into Japanese painting.
  • Part Two is devoted to technical challenges and basic problems associated with the art, including the issue of fakes and forgeries of Chinese art in Japan.
  • Also included are three appendices and a full bibliography.

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About the author (1962)

Fritz van Briessen studied literature, art history, and philosophy at the universities of Heidelberg, Rochester (New York), Munich, Berlin, Giessen, and the Sorbonne. He traveled widely in Asia, and lived in Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo, where he served as Counselor of the German Embassy. He actively pursued a lifelong interest in Asian painting, including several years of intensive study with the Beijing landscape painter Pu Chuan, and possessed a unique insight into the art. Van Briessen lectured widely on East Asian painting in Europe and North America.

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