Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century :  360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent
Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century :  360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent
Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century :  360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent
Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century :  360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent
Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century :  360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent
Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century :  360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent

Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century : 360 Professions in China (Hardcover First Edition 1999) (English/Chinese Text) by Huang Shijian & William Sargent

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New Old Stock from Discontinued Book Shop 2 Copies Available. 20% off second copy New but due to its age, there will be faint page yellowing and abrasion. Not for fussy buyers. The World's Only Complete Art Collection of the 360 Professions in China. The Collection of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) 中英文 Chinese and English Text 十九世纪中国市井风情三百六十行 Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the 19th Century: 360 Professions in China by 黄时坚 & 沙近 Huang Shijian & William Sargent 8.5 x 11.5", 284 pp., 360 color illustrations, text in Chinese with an introduction and captions in English, cloth, d.j., Shanghai, 1999 1st ed ISBN: 978 7532526062 "Three hundred and sixty professions, each boasting a champion..." a famous proverb familiar to most Chinese; yet to name all 360 is no easy feat. We started looking in China and found neither oral history nor written records of the 360. So it was a surprise to find an exact 360 in the Peabody Essex Museum ~ export paintings and ink drawings done 200 years ago by 蒲呱 (Pu Qua) depicting Customs and Conditions of Chinese City Streets in the city of Canton in the 19th Century. From one man's brush, all 360 were recorded. Chinese export paintings often show striking and distinctive themes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, curiosity prompted this east and west cultural exchange, 'how they live, their livelihood and lifestyles,' were mysterious vice versa. Before the popularization (and mobility) of photography, Chinese export paintings and ink drawings played an important role in presenting Chinese culture to the West. Alas, experts have yet to compile a photographic album that comes even close to (the completeness of) Pu Qua's 360; most of the trades have long become history, this is an exceptional collection compiled into a beautifully illustrated album with write ups in Chinese and English for you, the reader, to soak in the atmosphere of those by gone days. “三百六十行,行行出状元。”这是一句流传已久的谚语。尽管“三百六十行”这个词几乎每个中国人都能脱口说出,可是如果让谁一一历数360个行当,恐怕并非易事。事实上,不要说没有这样的口传资料,即使是在浩如烟海的文献中,迄今也还未能发现这样的载录。   令人惊喜的是,中国学者黄时鉴教授在美国塞伦市皮博迪·埃塞克斯博物馆发现了一批绘于200年前的外销画,正好是360幅,描绘的是当时广州的市井行当。同时,另有100幅同一题材的中国外销水粉画,不仅色彩缤纷,而且恰可弥补那套360幅线描画在行当总数上略有不足的缺憾。这批掌握了西洋透视等技法的绘画,出自于两个受过西方绘画技术熏陶的中国人庭呱、蒲呱之手。他们用细腻的笔触,生动地向人们还原了200年前中国南方城市的市井风貌。   200年前中国社会的市井风情,人们借助于文献资料或许能描述出一个大概,但到底是什么样子,恐怕难以说清,因为200年前摄影技术尚未诞生,而强调写意的中国画并不讲究细部描摹写真。而庭呱、蒲呱用自己的画笔,第一次逐一描绘出了360行。要提一句的是,这些外销画的两位作者庭呱和蒲呱,是今可考知的当时中国外销画的两位主要代表人物。因沐西风较早,故而其在画作中采用的技巧、观念、内容和布局都有脱离传统中国画窠臼的趋向。在埃塞克斯博物馆的支持下,黄时鉴教授用中英文对照的形式,编成了《十九世纪中国市井风情———三百六十行》这本精美的画册。   本画册可以说是描绘中国街市行当的外销画的首次集中刊印。翻阅本画册,当年中国南方市井的众生相即刻展现在我们眼前,丰富多彩,栩栩如生。在一幅一幅欣赏的时候,相信细心的读者也会在其它方面有很多发现。这里略举两例:如“整番鞋”,从中无疑可见中国最早的皮鞋制造,又如“看西洋景”,说明这种新玩意儿在19世纪初年已经出现在广州街头。   中国外销画经常表现一些令人注目的惊叹的具体而富有特色的题材。在18、19世纪的中西文化交流史上,它们既是一种特殊而广泛的艺术成果,又是欧美人士认识中国的重要媒介。不止一位专家已经指出,在摄影术发明和流行以前,中国外销画在将中国文化的图像呈现给西方方面起了积极的作用。其实,就个别题材而言,如街市上的360行,即便是后来兴起的摄影术也未曾留下比较完整的图像记录。   为配合读者对本画册的阅读,编者在画面之余,更精心遴选了二百多首竹枝词,配以恰当的说明,可谓是相得益彰、珠联璧合,于单幅的画作更添了些许隽永之意,令人回味无穷。


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