The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599-1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets - Visual Culture in Early Modernity (Hardback)Tamara Heimarck Bentley (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 246 x 174 mm
'The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou is a smart book by one of the field's smartest young talents. Through the lens of Chen Hongshou's paintings and woodblock prints, Tamara Bentley ably discusses the complex philosophical tenets, market economy, and social inversions of the late Ming. Arguing for a discourse of authenticity, her nuanced explanation helps readers understand how forgeries and replications could have roles as necessary as the original art objects.' Katharine P. Burnett, University of California, Davis, USA
'The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou is a work of substantial interest, which offers a systematic consideration of Chen's woodblock print production over the course of his career. The account is set within the context of the late Ming market for woodblock print illustrations and illustrated books, and the intellectual milieu of writers such as Li Zhi, Zhang Dai, the Yuan brothers, and Chen Jiru, who were concerned with qualities of spontaneity, authenticity, direct expression of feeling, and popular cultural forms.' Richard Vinograd, Stanford University, USA
'The commercialization of Ming life and the positioning of its economy within circuits of global exchange provide two broad contexts within which Tamara Bentley sets her study of the eccentric painter Chen Hongshou. This is a sensible approach to the artist, who produced the strangest figurative images in late Ming art.' Sixteenth Century Journal
'One of the merits of the book lies in its focus on Chen's work as a designer of print illustrations, an understudied area when compared with the study of his paintings ... this is an ambitious study that draws on the multidisciplinary strands of intellectual history, literary studies, economic analyse and formal art history.' East Asian Publishing and Society
'... readers will readily appreciate the quality of the scholarship - which ranges across art history, literary criticism, and social and intellectual history - and the richness of Bentley's argument about Chen Hongshou's artistic practice, learning and market in late Ming China.' China Review International
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