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Blending a multiplicity of cultural influences with their own artistic genius, the Thais have created some of the world's finest art. In this definitive introduction to Thai art, author Steve Van Beek takes a wide-ranging look at how these diverse forces were fused into a wealth of art forms which are uniquely Thai. As a means to a fuller understanding of Thai culture, he explores the symbolism of architecture, sculpture, and painting. The Arts of Thailand also covers contemporary art and the minor arts.
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Steve van Beek, a long-term resident of Thailand, has a special interest in art.
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, a world-renowned photographer who has lived and worked in Asia since 1973, specializes in books on aspects of Asian culture. Among his many books are Balinese Gardens, The Tropical Garden, Tropical Asian Style,Thai Style and Myanmar Style.
From start to finish, this is a classic example of the synergy of clear, thoughtful text, superb photography, and clean, attractive book design. Since most non-Thais have little knowledge of the Thai history or culture, Van Beek carefully covers the history of Thai art from the Bronze Age to the present, paying particular attention to the Buddhist influence of the last 700 years. Scores of rich, well-printed photos examine Thai sculpture, architecture, and mural painting. Despite the relative paucity of material on Thailand's superb ceramics and a skimpy coverage of 19th- and 20th-century art, this is the best single volume on Thai art history around. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.ADavid McClelland, Philadelphia
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Book Description Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0500236208 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.1188705
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110500236208
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0500236208