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Author Matteini, Michele, author.

Title The ghost in the city : Luo Ping and the craft of painting in eighteenth-century China / Michele Matteini
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 233 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), maps
Contents The Dream of the Southern City -- Luo Ping from Yangzhou -- Textures of Samsara -- Landscapes of Culture -- Epilogue: Luo Ping's Returning Home
Summary "In 1771, the artist Luo Ping (1733-1799) left his native Yangzhou to relocate to the burgeoning hub of Beijing's Southern City. Over several decades, he became the favored artist of a cosmopolitan community of scholars and officials who were at the forefront of the empire's artistic life. Luo Ping's late production-a dazzling sequence of portraits, landscapes, views of the city and its social rituals-captured the pleasures and concerns of a changing world. As the last and youngest of the "Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou," he is prominent in modern histories of late-imperial painting, where he often stands for the entire artistic world of the mid-Qing period: a commercially successful artist who, thanks to a vivid imagination and a versatile hand, created an eclectic array of pictures for an audience of aspiring urbanites. His painting In the Realm of Ghosts is one of the greatest paintings of the eighteenth century and of the late imperial period altogether. This study takes the reader into the vibrant artistic and literary cultures of Beijing outside the court and to the networks of scholars, artists, and entertainers that turned the Southern City into a place like no other in the Qing empire. At the center of this narrative lie Luo Ping's layered reflections on the medium of painting, its histories, and formal conventions. Close reading of the work of Luo Ping and his contemporaries reveals how this generation of experimental artists sought to reform literati painting, paving the way to developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Drawing on a vast range of textual and visual sources, The Ghost in the City offers a novel understanding of literati painting's involvement with the modern world"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-223) and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 29, 2023)
SUBJECT Luo, Pin, 1733-1799.
Luo, Pin, 1733-1799 fast
Subject Art and society -- China -- Beijing -- History -- 18th century
Artists -- Social networks -- China -- Beijing -- History -- 18th century
Ink painting, Chinese -- China -- Beijing -- Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian Studies
Art and society
Ink painting, Chinese -- Ming-Qing dynasties
Intellectual life
SUBJECT China -- Intellectual life -- 1644-1912.
Subject China
China -- Beijing
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022015081
ISBN 9780295750965