This book is a collection of insightful writings on aesthetics and Chinese and Western art by ZONG Baihua, one of the most esteemed scholars of aesthetics in China.
The 22 essays in the book dive deep into a variety of topics, including the aesthetic theory and aesthetic thoughts in ancient China and the West, history of Chinese art, Western classical art and art theory as well as Chinese poetics. The book explores different types of art in the Chinese and Western culture, ranging from the painting, Chinese calligraphy, sculpture, ancient architecture, music to the Chinese classic and modern poetry. Taking a comparative approach, the author expounds on the key elements of traditional Chinese aesthetic thinking and artistic conception and also elucidates the art theory in ancient Greek and Kant’s aesthetics.
Presented in an engaging way and written in poetic prose, this title will be a must read for both academic and general readers interested in aesthetics, Chinese ancient art and art theory.
Table of Contents
1. An Aesthetics Anthology: My Stroll in the Beautiful Land 2. Where Can We Find Beauty 3. On the Ethereal Emptiness and Substantiality of Literature and Art 4. An Exploration into Some Important Issues of Chinese Aesthetics History 5. On the Birth of Chinese Artistic Conception 6. On Void and Substantiality that Presented in Various Chinese Art Forms 7. Space Consciousness Present in Chinese Painting and Poetry 8. On Source and Basis of Western and Chinese Painting Methods 9. Space Consciousness Presented in Chinese and Western Painting Methods 10. An Introduction to Two Books about Chinese Painting 11. On the Significance and Value of Dunhuang Art 12. On Sketch: Preface to Sun Duoci’s Sketch Collection 13. Aesthetics Ideology Presented in Chinese Calligraphy 14. Music Allegories and Music Thoughts in Ancient China 15. On A New Account of the Tales of the World and the Beauty of Jin people 16. The Greek Philosophers’ Theory of Art 17. A Review of Kant’s Aesthetics Ideology 18. After Seeing Rodin’s Sculpture 19. Form and Shadow: Notes on the Study of Rodin’s Works 20. Poetry and Me 21. A Brief Discussion about Modern Poetry 22. The National Spirit Presented in Tang Poetry
ZONG Baihua (1897–1986), a modern Chinese philosopher, master of aesthetics, and poet, who taught at Nanjing University and Peking University, China. His major works also include The Complete Works of Zong Baihua and The Realm of Art.