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The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599 [sic]–1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets by Tamara Heimarck Bentley (review)

The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599 [sic]–1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets by... Reviews 569 Tamara Heimarck Bentley. e F Th igurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599 [sic]–1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets. Visual Culture in Early Modernity. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2012. xvi, 263 pp. Hardcover £65.00, isbn 978-0-7546-6672-1. This volume is about the figurative work in woodblock print and painting of the late Ming eccentric master Chen Hongshou (1598–1652). Like other seventeenth- century nonconformists, including Shitao and Bada Shanren, this artist is much cherished by late modern scholar — s in his case for his visual wit and irony; his consummate skill in the ink-outline idiom, especially in the depiction of drapery lineament in figure painting; his revival of strange antique modes, notably from Buddhist monk painting; his pioneering ventures as a designer into the woodblock print medium; and perhaps also for his never having succeeded as a schol ar- official, despite numerous attempts, and having to make a living from selling his art. In addition, he leaves an extraordinarily large and diverse oeuvre, even for a professional, one which ranges from bespoke, one-off works for eminent patrons, to larger workshop productions — sometimes made in series — to pastiches, copies, and forgeries. Wan-go Weng’s three volume compilation of the oeuvre http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599 [sic]–1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets by Tamara Heimarck Bentley (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (4) – May 29, 2015

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Reviews 569 Tamara Heimarck Bentley. e F Th igurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599 [sic]–1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets. Visual Culture in Early Modernity. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2012. xvi, 263 pp. Hardcover £65.00, isbn 978-0-7546-6672-1. This volume is about the figurative work in woodblock print and painting of the late Ming eccentric master Chen Hongshou (1598–1652). Like other seventeenth- century nonconformists, including Shitao and Bada Shanren, this artist is much cherished by late modern scholar — s in his case for his visual wit and irony; his consummate skill in the ink-outline idiom, especially in the depiction of drapery lineament in figure painting; his revival of strange antique modes, notably from Buddhist monk painting; his pioneering ventures as a designer into the woodblock print medium; and perhaps also for his never having succeeded as a schol ar- official, despite numerous attempts, and having to make a living from selling his art. In addition, he leaves an extraordinarily large and diverse oeuvre, even for a professional, one which ranges from bespoke, one-off works for eminent patrons, to larger workshop productions — sometimes made in series — to pastiches, copies, and forgeries. Wan-go Weng’s three volume compilation of the oeuvre

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Published: May 29, 2015

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