The Heart of Ma Yuan: The Search for a Southern Song Aesthetic

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Hong Kong University Press, Mar 1, 2011 - Art - 464 pages
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Ma Yuan, one of China's best-known artists, was a key figure in the period widely celebrated as the golden era of Chinese landscape painting. The Heart of Ma Yuan offers a careful discussion of Ma Yuan’s painting as it emerged within the sophisticated artistic environment of Hangzhou in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 illustrations from leading museums and private collections around the world, the book includes discussions of Ma Yuan’s family of six generations of skillful painters, his many patrons, and his distinctive style in engaging Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist genres and his superb landscapes, including animals, flowers, and detailed studies of water. Widely noted for his own keen eye and masterful stylistic analysis, Richard Edwards cultivates the art of looking for a broad readership, from general art lovers to specialists in art history. As a Western scholar exploring the significance of a highly refined Eastern culture, he draws on natural history, poetry, and relevant contemporary writing as well as the work of other artists.
 

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Contents

List of Figures
xiv
Preface
xxviii
Acknowledgments
xxxii
Plate Section
xxxv
Introduction Ma Yuans Family Patrons and Style
1
1 Winter
11
2 Winter into Spring
45
Flowers
57
Buddhist
107
Confucian and Daoist
129
7 The Wider Environment and into Landscape
199
8 Transformations
229
Postface
295
Bibliography
299
Index
315
Copyright

4 Water
89

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Richard Edwards is Professor Emeritus of Far Eastern art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he taught from 1960--87.

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