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Beyond Chinoiserie: review of a book

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 14.12.2018, 09:59 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 5440x gelesen

Rome [ENA] The complex interweaving of different Western visions of China had a profound impact on artistic exchange between China and the West during the nineteenth century. Beyond Chinoiserie, Artistic Exchange between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (1796-1911), is a precious volume just published by Brill in the Series:East and West, Volume: 4. It focuses on the complexity of this exchange.

This is a book for all interested in artistic and cultural relations between China and the West, particularly in the late Ching dynasty (nineteenth and early twentieth centuries). This volume merits a particular attention because it describes a very sophisticated cultural and economic context in which China was far from a primitive country. While the playful Western “vision of Cathay” formed in the previous century continued to flourish, a more realistic vision of China was gradually formed through travel accounts, paintings, watercolors, prints, book illustrations, and photographs. At the same time, the new discipline of sinology led to a developing of the understanding of Chinese cultural history.

Leading and emerging scholars in the fields of art history, literary studies and material culture, have authored the ten essays in this book, which deal with artistic relations between China and the West at a time when Western powers’ attempts to extend a sphere of influence in China led to increasingly hostile political interactions. The Editors and the contributors are scholars of great value. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Ph.D. (1972), Columbia University, teaches art history at Seton Hall University (USA). A specialist in nineteenth-century art history, she has published widely. Her textbook, Nineteenth-Century European Art (Pearson, 2012), is used across the world.

She is the founding Co-editor of the e-journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (2002-). Jennifer Milam, Ph.D. (1996), Princeton University, is Head of the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Her publications traverse the creativity of the eighteenth century from French painting and criticism to Russian gardens and chinoiserie, including the Historical Dictionary of Rococo Art (Scarecrow, 2011). To sum up the book comprises the following chapters and an iconography of particular interest: Introduction: Beyond Chinoiserie, Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and Jennifer Milam. 1 The China Trade and the Classical Tradition in Federal America, Patricia Johnston.

2. Jefferson’s Interest in China and the Gongs of Monticello, Jennifer Milam. 3.Copying in Reverse: China Trade Paintings on Glass, Maggie M. Cao. 4. Étienne-Jean Delécluze, Art from China, and Nineteenth-Century French Painting, Kristel Smentek. 5. Staging China, Japan, and Siam at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, Meredith Martin. 6. Victor Hugo and the Romantic Dream of China, Petra ten-Doesschate Chu. 7. Chrysanthemums and Cultivated Visions of the Victorian Garden, Elizabeth Chang.

8. The Musée d’Ennery and the Shifting Reception of Nineteenth-Century French Chinoiseries, Elizabeth Emery. 9. Fashion, Chinoiserie, and the Transnational: Material Translations between China, Japan and Britain, Sarah Cheang. 10. From Shanghai to Brussels: The Tushanwan Orphanage Workshops and the Carved Ornaments of the Chinese Pavilion at Laeken Park, William Ma. Conclusion, Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and Jennifer Milam.

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