Chinese Ways of Seeing

Chinese Ways of Seeing and Open-Air Painting (Harvard University Asia Center, 2020)

Author Yi Gu discusses how the practice of plein air sketching was critical to shaping, and perceiving, national identity throughout modern Chinese art.

key themes
  • Calligraphy, brush arts, and word-and-image
  • Gardens, landscape, and environment
  • Global modernism and global contemporary art
  • Transcultural and transnational approaches
  • Visuality
  • Open-air painting
  • Comparative media studies
  • Art in authoritarian regime
  • Epistemological shifts
further reading
  • Andrews, Julia Frances. Painters and Politics in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1979. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
  • Andrews, Julia Frances, and Kuiyi Shen. The Art of Modern China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
  • Barme, Geremie. An Artist Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai(1898-1978). Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
  • Chung, Anita. Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). Cleveland Museum of Art, 2011.
  • Clarke, David. Chinese Art and Its Encounter with the World. Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
  • Clunas, Craig. Chinese Painting and Its Audiences. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017.
  • Croizier, Ralph. Art and Revolution in Modern China: The Lingnan (Cantonese) School of Painting, 1906-1951. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1988.
  • Roberts, Claire. Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010.
  • Wong, Aida Y. Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2006.
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