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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain for a beautiful book.
First saw this book at V&A at 45 pounds . doesn't disapoint . Lovely book of the exhibition an artwork in itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chances missed - a mean and unlovely product
Illustrations too small and some so dark that they are unreadable. Not a book that has been well thought through. So very disappointed in it that I had to return it. Does not even begin to compare to the 'Masterpieces of Japanese Screen Printing, by Miyeko Murase' published by George Braziller in layout and production which is superb.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chances missed - a mean and unlovely product, 12 Dec 2013
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J. P. Metcalf "jmetrodorus" (Norwich) - See all my reviews
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Illustrations too small and some so dark that they are unreadable. Not a book that has been well thought through. So very disappointed in it that I had to return it. Does not even begin to compare to the 'Masterpieces of Japanese Screen Printing, by Miyeko Murase' published by George Braziller in layout and production which is superb.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pictures too dark or too small, 23 Nov 2013
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I visited the V&A exhibition and bought the book expecting it to be a reference for what I had seen. This it failed to do for two reasons: it is more concerned with writing about the pictures than showing them, and many of the pictures are too dark to be seen in artificial light. An extreme example of the first point: Bada Shanren 'Flowers on the River' is a scroll that is over 17 metres long but it is reduced to just over 1 metre in length on one third of a double page spread. The commentary on it takes up two thirds of the space. Turn to 'Deity with Phoenix' and it is virtually impossible to make out the vibrancy of the original because it is so dark. In addition there are sections in the book on collecting Chinese art which had no relevance to me as a visitor to the exhibition.
I would suggest that Zhang Hongxing takes a course in Photoshop to discover its automatic image improvement, and investigates RAW photography. I could have done better myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING, 15 Jan 2014
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This was a wonderful and revelatory exhibition but I was stopped from buying the catalogoue as a memento by the poor, sometimes minute, sometimes poorly displayed reproductions. What a missed opportunity by the V and A to provide a lasting visual record of this rarely seen material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain for a beautiful book., 10 Jan 2014
This review is from: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting: 700 - 1900 (Hardcover)
First saw this book at V&A at 45 pounds . doesn't disapoint . Lovely book of the exhibition an artwork in itself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, 26 Aug 2014
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This is not the best guide you can find on Chinese paintings. You would expect better illustrations for some of the most famous paintings such as The Night Revels of Han Xizai or Along the River during Qingming Festival, and as others have note, some of the illustrations are far too dark to see properly. Whether some of the paintings used are masterpieces or not is arguable, but not to give fuller descriptions of acknowledged masterpieces is just odd, and here some masterpieces are simply omitted in favour of lesser work. Some of the assertions in there are debatable, strange also is ignoring Giuseppe Castiglione when discussing European influence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Dec 2013
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The V&A exhibition was disappointing since it wasn't possible to get a clear view - the low light for preservation purposes was understandable but frustrating. This book covers most of the contents in surprising detail.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 22 Nov 2013
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Arrived early, superb photography, well written catalogue that provides the objective of the exhibition, social, historic context, form , technique. Highly recommended if you intend to visit but would like to understand this art before you go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Sep 2014
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Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 21 Nov 2013
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It is a Valuable item!
But it is toooooo heavy!
Some of the paintings are too dark and can't be seen the details.
It is better to watch the exhibition again.
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