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Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery
by Patricia Bjaaland Welch (Goodreads Author)
Chinese Art is a guide to the meanings behind the hundreds of common motifs and symbols found in all forms of Chinese art. A thorough examination of the diverse usage of natural symbols, colors, numbers, inanimate items and personages, Chinese Art communicates the deeper messages to be found in Chinese decorative art. It is an excellent reference for collectors, museum-goe ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by Tuttle Publishing
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During visits to museums, I'd typically breeze through the sections on Chinese and Japanese art, as I didn't particularly find scroll paintings and porcelainware depicting the same old floral motifs and depictions of landscapes/nature etc terribly interesting. Welch's book on decoding the motifs in Chinese art makes me want to go back and take a second, harder look at these artifacts. Divided into 11 chapters based on motifs ranging from plants to figures, the book is a fascinating guide on the ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Missy J rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, I didn't enjoy reading this. Earlier this year, I read "Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting" by Richard Barnhart, because I wanted to know more about Chinese Art (I was a Chinese studies student). However, despite the clear chronology, I didn't enjoy the book. Now, this book, isn't chronologically set, instead the author divides the book into symbolic themes such as flowers, animals, deities, numbers, colors, etc. The arrangement is well done, although it overlaps each other at t ...more