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GEO-NARRATIVES OF A FILIAL SON: THE PAINTINGS AND TRAVEL DIARIES OF HUANG XIANGJIAN (1609-1673). Elizabeth Kindall. Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge, 2016. Harvard East Asian Monograph, 389. Distributed by Harvard University Press, Cambridge. 504 pp. with 148 ills. (146 col.). 27 x 19 cm. LC 2015-5607 ISBN 9780674088436 In English.
Publisher's description: Huang Xiangjian, a mid-seventeenth-century member of the Suzhou local elite, journeyed on foot to southwest China and recorded its sublime scenery in site-specific paintings. Elizabeth Kindall's innovative analysis of the visual experiences and social functions Huang conveyed through his oeuvre reveals an unrecognized tradition of site paintings, here labeled geo-narratives, that recount specific journeys and create meaning in the paintings. Kindall shows how Huang created these geo-narratives by drawing upon the Suzhou place-painting tradition, as well as the encoded experiences of southwestern sites discussed in historical gazetteers and personal travel records, and the geography of the sites themselves. Ultimately these works were intended to create personas and fulfill specific social purposes among the educated class during the Ming-Qing transition. Some of Huang's paintings of the southwest, together with his travel records, became part of a campaign to attain the socially generated title of Filial Son, whereas others served private functions.
Artist(s):Huang Xiangjian
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — China — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 167679
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