A surprising buy - any lover of the chinese landscape genre will find this volume a rich resource of Wang Hui's works from the 16-17th century and the traditional masterpieces he draws inspiration from. This book isn't promoted enough. It is a prized publication accompanying a landmark Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York of the same name, from Sep 9 2008 to Jan 4, 2009.
Paintings are of superb print quality rarely seen in older publications (this published 2008), colours and details gratifyingly crisp. I have just unwrapped this. And can't wait to delve into it's essays and commentaries.
A tribute to Wang Hui's life work and an indulgence for enthusiasts of the genre into the world of chinese landscape painting from the 17th century and beyond. Synthesizing past traditions with his own style, Wang Hui's creations are displayed side by side with the inspirational works he draws from in this volume.
Twenty seven of Wang Hui's paintings are included in this volume drawn from museums in Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, US and Canada. These are supplemented with a wealth of comparative paintings drawn through the centuries from ancient times through to present day artists' in this ever evolving discipline.
The book is structured as follows by contributors:
1) Wen C Fong who wrote the first section "Wang Hui and Repossessing the Past" (tradition).
2) Chin-Sung Chang - "The Evolution of The Master Landscapist".
3) Maxwell K Hearn - "Art Creates History - Wang Hui and The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour".
4) Shi-Yee Liu for preparing an exceptional Catalogue of Wang Hui's Works Inscriptions, Signatures and Seals
Foreword by Philippe de Montebello; Acknowledgements & Preface by Maxwell K Hearn and a List of the Lenders to the Exhibition, Biblio, Index and Photo Credits.
Update: There has been some controversy however surrounding the authenticity of some of the Met's purchases from the CC Wang collection which has surfaced through my web readings, suggesting that some of the paintings were copies by Chang Da Chien - however I am not qualified to comment. Warrants a looking into. (minus one star)