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Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717) (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Hardcover – 16 Sep 2008


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`This comprehensive study of the painter's career -- the first published in English -- features essays ... as well as his masterwork.'
-- Asian Art Newspaper, December 2008

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Maxwell K. Hearn is Douglas Dillon Curator and Shiyee Liu is Research Associate, both in the Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wen C. Fong is Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, and Curator Emeritus, Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chin-Sung Chang is Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Art History, Seoul National University.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
chronicle of a master chinese painter 17 Feb 2010
By Ivor E. Zetler - Published on Amazon.com
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Wang Hui (1632-1717) had a long and successful career as a painter. His style harked back to older traditions of landscape painting. Many of the works featured in this catalogue feature forested scenes with ascending mountains in the background. Apart from some brown and green coloring, much of the landscape features are monochromatic.

Wanh Hui's greatest legacy are his illustrations of happenings during the Kangxi emperor's second inspection tour. The Kangxi emperor (1654-1722), then aged 35, covered the 3,300km distance between Beijing and the southern city of Shaoxing in 71 days. Hui's momentous undertaking resulted in the production of 12 hand painted silk scrolls; the earlier ones averaging 14 metres and the last 6 around 22 metres in length (a total of 202 metres!). Parts of two of these precious scrolls are illustrated in this book. Hui's style in this project shows a greater use of color in the figural painting as well as that of buildings. Closer examination of the rural/urban scenes gives a fascinating insight into the contemporary living style.

As is common with Metropolitan Museum publications, the standard of the documentation, essays, illustrations and general printing is uniformly high. This book is warmly recommended to those interested in older Chinese art and culture.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Any Lover of Chinese Landscape Art will find this volume a rich resource of Wang Hui's work & the traditions he draws from 25 Sep 2012
By AgogoLive - Published on Amazon.com
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)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mysteriously Enduring 5 Jun 2013
By Cathleen - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly radiant. The photos capture the enduring appeal of Chinese landscape painting. The settings transcend their specific reality to fill the heart with longing to visit places of such mysterious eternal beauty.
The Majesty Of the Chinese Landscape 7 Sep 2014
By Wabi-Sabi - Published on Amazon.com
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Maxwell Hearn has provided us with a very complete look into the life of one the great Chinese landscape painters with many examples of his artwork during the Qing Dynasty. All his influences from past dynasties are represented here as well. 'Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)' was made possible by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The quality of printing and publishing is excellent. The artwork is breathtaking.
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