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1st Edition

Philosophy of Chinese Art

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ISBN 9781032069494
September 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

This title provides a systematic examination of the philosophy of Chinese art, exploring the peculiarity of artistic forms and distinctive conceptions and artistic principles of Chinese art which are grounded in the life awareness of the ancient Chinese and interconnect with the Chinese philosophy of life.
Synthesising Chinese theories of art with Western philosophical systems, the book is organised into five parts: (1) the subject, the actor who creates, appreciates and criticizes artistic works; (2) ontological aspects, i.e. the artwork per se and the dynamic process of creation; (3) aesthetic traits, the organic whole constituted by rhythm, meter, the principle of harmony and space-time awareness; (4) artistic representation, which is manifested in the rhythm of vital energy, momentum of genre, vigour of style, and taste and inclination; and (5) the evolution of Chinese art. Based on this structural thread, the author looks into the interwoven relationship between the philosophy of Chinese art and ancient Chinese thought in terms of the spirit of life, nature-human relations and ontological awareness of human-centredness.
The book will appeal to scholars, students and general readers interested in aesthetics, art theory, art philosophy, Chinese art and ancient Chinese Culture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. The Subject  3. Ontological Aspects of Art  4. Aesthetic Traits  5. Artistic Representation of Chinese Art  6. Evolution

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Zhu Zhirong is Professor of Aesthetics at East China Normal University, China. He specialises in ancient Chinese aesthetics and art theories.