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The Fine Art of Chinese Brush Painting [Paperback]

Inc. Sterling Publishing Co.


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Feb. 1 2007
This extraordinary on-the-page class in brush painting explores both the technical and spiritual aspects of China’s ancient art, helping students to paint with confidence, skill, and understanding. Lavishly packed with breathtaking illustrations and detailed instructional photos, it discusses materials, styles, and themes, as well as special topics such as the influence of calligraphy on painting, the importance of arranging the workspace properly, and the use of a seal to “sign” the finished work. Each chapter is like a perfectly formed monograph rich in information on inks, papers, art utensils, holding the brush correctly, making exquisite-looking strokes and pictograms, applying color, and mastering the techniques for representing vegetation, animals, the human figure, portraits, and evocative landscapes. Well-constructed practice exercises complete this enlightening course.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Tra edition (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402743947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402743948
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 21 x 27.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #862,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chinese brush painting cuts to the core of its subject, revealing its essence in a few, or sometimes even a single, definitive stroke. A brief history of this timeless art, which involves the graphic depiction of the universe's harmony rather than realistic representation, begins the volume, and an orientation to landscape, birds, and flowers helps ground the reader before progressing to the practical concerns of brushes, inks, and paper (a Chinese invention). Following well-illustrated examples of brush uses and strokes, this survey analyzes the relationship between calligraphy and Chinese brush painting before summarizing techniques for rendering vegetation, animals, the human figure, portraits, and landscapes, the latter constituting the tradition's most frequent subject matter. Discussion of tools and supplies and step-by-step instructions with numerous full-color illustrations make this a valuable resource for painters of all levels. Whitney Scott
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book Jan. 22 2012
By Patri "Pat" - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best instruction book on Chinese brush painting. I am trying to learn this art form and have watched DVDs and have a number of books on the subject, but this one is my favorite. It has the only information I could find on how to carve a seal stone. It also has step by step projects for beginers like myself. I was surprised at the more than reasonable price of the book. This is a gem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter Feb. 15 2013
By Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many CBP books, but this covers some subjects that are omitted in others. I use it to explain CBP to people totally unfamiliar with the subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information and instructions June 3 2014
By F. Denise Wingrove - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was great. It gave alot of information and instructions on Chinese painting showed strokes and gave good back ground.

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