The art of Chinese brush painting

Maggie Cross

Book - 2011

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Ramsbury, Marlsborough, Wiltshire : Crowood Press 2011.
Physical Description
208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 202) and index.
Main Author
Maggie Cross (-)
  • A brief history of Chinese painting
  • Materials
  • Techniques
  • Calligraphy
  • The Four Gentlemen
  • Flowers
  • Fruit, vegetables and seeds
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • Insects
  • Landscape
  • Mounting techniques and other ideas.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This guide endeavors to explain traditional Chinese brush painting to a western audience. An introductory chapter on the history of Chinese painting mentions its spiritual and symbolic significance. A section on materials describes the special brushes, inks, pigments, and papers favored by traditional Chinese artists. Sections on technique include directional diagrams of the brushwork motions and line sequences that comprise these paintings. The reader can follow exercises to produce paintings of trees, flowers, animals, landscapes, and more in the traditional style. VERDICT Intermediate and advanced painters in search of a new technique may enjoy Cross's (A Beginner's Guide to Chinese Painting) guide. [Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces the materials, principles, and techniques of Chinese brush painting and includes step-by-step demonstrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Chinese brush painting is an ancient art, steeped in history, symbolism and ritual, and closely linked to Chinese calligraphy. This book takes you on a journey through the history, techniques and materials that can enable you to produce stunning paintings of flowers, birds, animals and landscapes.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The history of the ancient art as well as the techniques and materials required to produce stunning Chinese brush paintings Chinese brush painting is steeped in history, symbolism, and ritual, and closely linked to Chinese calligraphy. This beautifully illustrated book takes readers on a journey through the steps needed to produce stunning paintings of flowers, birds, animals, and landscapes. Advice is given on basic brush strokes, color mixing, and brush loading; creating a composition of a variety of subjects; and mounting a work for display. Written by a respected artist and teacher, it covers traditional techniques as well as more recent innovative ideas, and reveals the beauty and mastery behind this art.