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Barnhart, Richard M., "Peach Blossom Spring: Gardens and Flowers in Chinese Painting"

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Barnhart, Richard M., "Peach Blossom Spring: Gardens and Flowers in Chinese Painting"

Barnhart, Richard M., "Peach Blossom Spring: Gardens and Flowers in Chinese Painting"
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1983 | ISBN: 0870993577/0870993585 | English | PDF | 143 pages | 29.04 Mb

The paintings in this exhibition can be easily divided by subject matter. The majority belong to the category of “flower and bird painting,” a genre that masks a rich diversity of subjects, perhaps better summarized by the term “fragments of nature.” These fragments come into focus above all in the garden, whether in the city or beyond it, in the wilds or in the imperial summer palaces. The garden is the prism that directs our attention to nature’s detail. But the garden is also discrete and private, one of a cluster of special domains that have in common their separation from the ordinary world. Their inhabitants are scholars in retirement, hermits, sages, and immortals. Their grounds may be as modest as a poor scholar’s garden, or as extravagant as an imperial palace complex high in the mountains. The exhibition offers us, then, two approaches to the garden: we can become dream travelers whose journeying takes us into the world where the Chinese garden grows 5 and we can experience the garden’s detail from within, observing the flowers and birds that fill it.
Foreword
Philippe de Montebello

Preface
Richard M. Barnhart

Peach Blossom Spring: T'ao Ch'ien and the Ideal of the Garden

The Gardens of Southern Sung Painting

Emperor Hui-tsung and Flower and Bird Painting in the Sung Dynasty

Ch'ien Hsuan and the Memory of Lost Gardens

Crane, Bamboo, and Pine: The Garden of Remote Mystery

Flowers from the Gardens of Soochow

Yun Shou-p'ing and the Art of Flower Painting

Drunk in Autumn Woods: Shih-t'ao and the Painters of Yangchow

Key to Citations
Catalogue of the Exhibition
Index


Ch'ien Hsuan | Ch'ien, T'ao | Huizong, Emperor (Chinese, 1082–1135, r. 1101–25) | Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) (Chinese, 1642–1707) | Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717) | Yun Shou-p'ing


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