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The Arts of China
This book presents a fascinating and balanced picture of Chinese art from the Stone Age to the present day. The author concerns himself not only with art, but also with Chinese philosophy, religion, and the realm of ideas.
Paperback, Revised, Expanded, Fourth Edition, 342 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by University of California Press
(first published 1973)
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You wouldn't expect such fine discrimination and revealing insights in what is ostensibly a college textbook, but Sullivan's passion carries the entire book along in a wonderfully readable way. No snoozing through this book at all.