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Fong, Wen

Works: 129 works in 389 publications in 2 languages and 11,144 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Art  Illustrated works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other, Creator, Author of introduction, Commentator for written text, Collector
Classifications: NK7983.22, 759.951
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Most widely held works by Wen Fong
The great bronze age of China : an exhibition from the People's Republic of China by N.Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York( Book )

21 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the Chinese Bronze Age, including the development of the Chinese state, writing, religion and architecture
Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei by Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only two major exhibitions from the fabled Chinese Palace Museum collections have been seen in the West - the first in London in 1935-36 and the second in the United States in 1961-62. These two exhibitions provided an extraordinary stimulus to the study of Chinese culture, revolutionized Asian art studies in the West, and opened the eyes of the public to the artistic traditions of Chinese civilization. Possessing the Past: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is the publication that accompanies the third great exhibition of Chinese masterworks to travel to the West. Written by scholars of both Chinese and Western cultural backgrounds and conceived as a cultural history, the book tells the story of Chinese art from its foundations in the Bronze Age and the first empires through the rich diversity of art produced during the Sung, Yuan, Ming, and Ch'ing dynasties, contrasting China's absolutist political structure with the humanism of its artistic and moral philosophy. Synthesizing scholarship of the past three decades, the authors present not only the historical and cultural significance of individual works of art and analyses of their aesthetic content, but a reevaluation of the cultural dynamics of Chinese history, reflecting a fundamental shift in the study of Chinese art from a focus on documentation and connoisseurship to an emphasis on the cultural significance of the visual arts. National treasures passed down from dynasty to dynasty, the works of art that now form the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, originally constituted the personal collection of the Ch'ien-lung emperor, who ruled China from 1736 to 1795. Two centuries after Ch'ien-lung ascended the dragon throne, when the Japanese invaded China in 1937, the nearly 10,000 masterworks of painting and calligraphy and more than 600,000 objects and rare books and documents - which had earlier been moved from Peking to Nanking following the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931 - were packed in crates and evacuated to caves near the wartime capital, Chungking. It was not until after World War II that the crated treasures were moved to their present home in Taiwan, where today they represent a major portion of China's artistic and cultural legacy
Beyond representation : Chinese painting and calligraphy, 8th-14th century by Wen Fong( Book )

14 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a survey of Chinese painting from the eighth to the 14th century, a period during which the nature of China's pictorial art changed dramatically
Between two cultures : late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century Chinese paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by N.Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York( Book )

20 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between Two Cultures, by Wen C. Fong, based on a selection of modern Chinese paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the crucial period from the 1860s to about 1980, when Chinese painting was transformed into a modern expression of its classical heritage. Unlike classical Chinese painting dating from before 1860, which has commanded in-depth study from a learned and sophisticated audience in the West, modern Chinese painting has been little explored. The first comprehensive assemblage in the West of paintings on this subject, the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection comprises works in the classical Chinese medium of ink on paper and in the traditional formats of scrolls, album leaves, and fans."--Jacket
In pursuit of antiquity; Chinese paintings of the Ming and Chʻing dynasties from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse by Roderick Whitfield( Book )

11 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sung and Yuan paintings by N.Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acquisition of 25 paintings from the collection of C.C. Wang
The wilderness colors of Tao-chi by Marilyn Fu( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighteen songs of a nomad flute: the story of Lady Wen-chi; a fourteenth-century handscroll in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Shang Liu( Book )

8 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning home : Tao-chi's album of landscapes and flowers by Shitao( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summer mountains : the timeless landscape by Wen Fong( Book )

7 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Landscape has been the dominant subject in Chinese painting ever since it emerged as the pre-eminent art form of the Northern Sung period (960-1127). The recent acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum, as a gift of the Dillon Fund, of a superb large Northern Sung handscroll, Summer Mountains, provides the opportunity to consider in some detail the landscape art of this period, together with its antecedents and later permutations. Developing during the war-filled years of the tenth century, Northern Sung landscape painting produced timeless images that were followed and imitated for centuries. This art reached its apogee in the third quarter of the eleventh century. After the fall of the Northern Sung, it continued to be popular in the north, both under the Chin tartar and then the Mongol rule during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Meantime the painters of the Southern Sung (1127-1276), south of the Yangtze River, developed a simplified style that described the softer landscapes of the south
Along the riverbank : Chinese paintings from the C.C. Wang family collection by Maxwell K Hearn( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This publication celebrates the promised gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Oscar Tang family of twelve major works from the C.C. Wang Family Collection, one of the great private collections of Chinese old master paintings to be assembled in the twentieth century. Ranging in date from the tenth to the early eighteenth century, these works significantly extend the Museum's holdings and reveal those areas of Chinese painting of particular interest to Mr. Wang. An accomplished artist, Ch'i-ch'ien Wang, a resident of New York City since 1949, began collecting paintings in Shanghai more than seventy years ago." "Among the twelve paintings presented here is the famed Riverbank, attributed to the tenth-century master Dong Yuan (active 930s-60s), one of the patriarchs of the scholarly Southern school of landscape painting. An essay by Wen C. Fong presents an in-depth stylistic analysis and contextual history of the painting. A physical analysis of the work is also included." "An extended essay by Maxwell K. Hearn examines all twelve paintings."--Jacket
Landscapes clear and radiant : the art of Wang Hui (1632-1717) by Wen Fong( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wang Hui, the most celebrated painter of late-seventeenth-century China, played a key role both in reinvigorating past traditions of landscape painting and in establishing the stylistic foundations for the imperially sponsored art of the Qing court. Drawing upon his protean talent and immense ambition, Wang developed an all-embracing synthesis of historical landscape styles that constituted one of the greatest artistic innovations of late imperial China." "This comprehensive study of the painter, the first published in English, features three essays that together consider his life and career, his artistic achievements, and his masterwork - the series of twelve monumental scrolls depicting the Kangxi emperor's Southern Inspection Tour of 1689. The first essay, by Wen C. Fong, closely examines Wang Hui's genius for "repossessing the past," his ability to engage in an inventive dialogue with previous masters and to absorb their stylistic personae while making works that were distinctly his own. Chin-Sung Chang next traces the entire trajectory of Wang's development as an artist, from his precocious youth in the village of Yushan, through growing local and national fame - first as a copyist, then as the creator of groundbreaking panoramic landscapes - to the ultimate confirmation of his stature with the commission to direct the Southern Inspection Tour project. Focusing on this extraordinary eight-year-long effort, Maxwell K. Hearn's essay discusses the contemporary sources for the scrolls, the working methods of Wang and his assistants (comparing drafts with finished versions), and the artistic innovations reflected in these imposing works, the extant examples of which measure more than two feet high and from forty-six to eighty-six feet long." "This publication accompanies the exhibition "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)," held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from September 9, 2008, through January 4, 2009"--Jacket
The embodied image : Chinese calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection by Robert E Harrist( Book )

15 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encompassing works of calligraphy from the fourth through the twentieth centuries, the collection illustrates the extraordinary variety of formats and styles that makes calligraphy one of the most visually exciting of all artistic traditions."
Words and images : Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and painting( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In May of 1985, an international symposium was held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in honor of John M. Crawford, Jr., whose gifts of Chinese calligraphy and painting have constituted a significant addition to the Museum's holdings. Over a three-day period, senior scholars from China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and the United States expressed a wide range of perspectives on an issue central to the history of Chinese visual aesthetics: the relationships between poetry, calligraphy, and painting. The practice of integrating the three art forms-known as san-chiieh, or the three perfections-in one work of art emerged during the Sung and Yuan dynasties largely in the context of literati culture, and it has stimulated lively critical discussion ever since. This publication contains twenty-three essays based on the papers presented at the Crawford symposium. Grouped by subject matter in a roughly chronological order, these essays reflect research on topics spanning two millennia of Chinese history. The result is an interdisciplinary exploration of the complex set of relationships between words and images by art historians, literary historians, and scholars of calligraphy. Their findings provide us with a new level of understanding of this rich and complicated subject and suggest further directions for the study of Chinese art history. The essays are accompanied by 255 illustrations, some of which reproduce works rarely published. Chinese characters have been provided throughout the text for artists names, terms, titles of works of art and literature, and important historical figures, as well as for excerpts of selected poetry and prose. A chronology, also containing Chinese characters, and an extensive index contribute to making this book illuminating and invaluable to both the specialist and the layman
Art as history : calligraphy and painting as one by Wen Fong( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This richly illustrated book provides an anthology and summation of the work of one of the world's leading historians of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Wen Fong helped create the field of East Asian art history during a distinguished five-decade career at Princeton University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Few if any writers in English have such a broad knowledge of the history and practice of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In this collection of some of his most recent essays, Fong gives a sweeping tour through the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy as he offers new and revised views on a broad range of important subjects. The topics addressed include "art as history," in which each object preserves a moment in art's own significant history; the museum as a place of serious study and education; the close historical relationship between calligraphy and painting and their primary among Chinese fine arts; the parallel development of representational painting and sculpture in early painting history; the greater significance of brushwork, seen abstractly as a means of personal expression by the artist, in later painting history; the paradigmatic importance of the master-to-follower lineage in shaping the continuity and directing the subtle changes in Chinese painting history; and the critical necessity of authenticated works for establishing an accurate art history. Throughout the book, Fong skillfully combines close analysis and detailed contextualization of individual works to reveal how the study of Chinese painting and calligraphy yields deep insights into Chinese culture and history"--Jacket
Streams and mountains without end. A Northern Sung handscroll and its significance in the history of early Chinese painting by Sherman E Lee( Book )

12 editions published between 1955 and 1967 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lohans and a bridge to heaven by Wen Fong( Book )

14 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Issues of authenticity in Chinese painting by Judith G Smith( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few issues in Chinese art and art history arouse the passions of scholars and the public as readily as debates about authenticity, especially when the work under scrutiny is as critically important as Riverbank, a painting The Metropolitan Museum of Art attributes to the tenth-century landscape master Dong Yuan (active 930s{u2013}60s). If either of these claims{u2014}that it is a product of the tenth century and is by the hand of Dong Yuan{u2014}is correct, Riverbank will call for the rewriting of early Chinese painting history. To support its belief in the veracity of the painting, the Museum recently published the book Along the Riverbank, a study of the documentation and the style of Riverbank that seeks to place the painting in its historical context. This volume, the result of an international symposium of the same name held on December 11, 1999, is published to give a thorough airing to the dissenting opinions about Riverbank held by some leading scholars in the field and to examine the methods by which scholars analyze and interpret Chinese paintings.-- Metropolitan Museum of Art website
A Chinese garden court : the Astor court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Alfreda Murck( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Beyond representation : Chinese painting and calligraphy, 8th-14th centuryBetween two cultures : late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century Chinese paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth collection in the Metropolitan Museum of ArtReturning home : Tao-chi's album of landscapes and flowersAlong the riverbank : Chinese paintings from the C.C. Wang family collectionLandscapes clear and radiant : the art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)The embodied image : Chinese calligraphy from the John B. Elliott CollectionIssues of authenticity in Chinese painting
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English (221)

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