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Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery

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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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Jill
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sebastien
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Really like the way this book is organized (by specific images and motifs). Also, lots of great color photos of artwork accompanying the text (which is concise and very informative).
Ray Heaton
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First impression is that 5 stars doesn't do this book justice; it's a visual treat and has real depth of learning within it. I suspect this will become my go-to reference book!
Jenna
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great reference book! It is well-organized by theme (and a useful index), lavishly illustrated, and has a good amount of detail. For anyone interested in understanding reoccuring motifts in Chinese art and their ongoing significance that continues to this day in the Chinese decorative arts, this is a book to read. (And being a newer book, it's so much nicer that some of the older books on the same theme, that lacked such good illustrations, etc.)

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Missy J
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
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