北京 Pekin (Beijing): 文物出版社 (Wen Wu Press), 1963. Ex-library, first edition. Hardcover. Folio (15 1/4 x 12 1/2"). pp (Text in Chinese), pp (English table of contents), 六O (60) leaves (Plates), pp. Original embroidered olive silk with gold lettering to spine and front cover, w/ original protective glassine wrapper.
Regarded as the golden era of Chinese painting and pottery, the Sung dynasties can indeed be seen as the highlight in the development of traditional painting. The main themes of Sung paintings were landscapes (山水 "mountains and water"), birds and flowers (花鳥 ), figure painting (人物畫 ) as well as bamboo, birds, insects, horses and other plants and animals.
Adorned with 60 spectacular mounted color reproductions of paintings on debossed paper. The subjects of the paintings include birds, flowers, fishermen, boats, children at play, comedians, monkeys, wild geese and ducks, players, travelers, musicians, landscapes, bamboo and plum blossoms, representing a breathtaking journey to ancient China through the work of artists from the North and South Sung dynasties (960-1279). The paintings are from the collections of the National Palace Museum, the Shanghai Museum, Liaoning Provincial Museum, Sichaun Provincial Musuem and The Suzhou Cultural Relics Commission, with each painting including descriptive and historical text annotations.
The paintings of the following artists are featured: 趙徽宗 Chao Chi (1101-1126); 朱銳 Chu Juei; 揚无咎 Yang Wu-chiu (1097-1169); 蘇漢臣 Su Hanchen (active 1130s-1160s); 馬和之 Ma Ho-chi; 趙大亨 Chao Ta-heng; 林樁 Lin Chun; 張擇端 Chang Tse-tuan (1085-1145); 馬遠 Ma Yuan (ca 1160-1225); 馬麟 Ma Lin (ca 1180-1256); 夏圭 Hsia Kuei (active 1195-1224); 樸菴 Pu An; 劉松年 Liu Sung-nien (1174-1224); 侯筌 Ho Chuan; 朱惟德 Chu Wei-teh; 趙孟堅 Chao Meng-chien (1199-1295).
The artists of forty of the sixty artworks featured in this book remain unidentified.
Library bookplate on inside of front cover. Text and captions in Chinese, with a table of contents in English. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #41252
The Sung dynasty (960-1279) succeeded the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, and was followed by the Yuan dynasty. It was the first government in world history to issue banknotes or true paper money nationally and the first Chinese government to establish a permanent standing navy. This dynasty also saw the first known use of gunpowder, as well as the first discernment of true north using a compass. The Sung dynasty is divided into two distinct periods, Northern and Southern. During the Northern Sung (960-1127), the Sung capital was in the northern city of Bianjing (now Kaifeng) and the dynasty controlled most of what is now Eastern China. The Southern Sung (1127-1279) refers to the period after the Sung lost control of its northern half to the Jurchen Jin dynasty in the Jin-Sung Wars. During this time, the Sung court retreated south of the Yangtze and established its capital at Lin'an (now Hangzhou). Although the Sung dynasty had lost control of the traditional "birthplace of Chinese civilization" along the Yellow River, the Sung economy was still strong, as the Southern Sung Empire contained a large population and productive agricultural land.