Old Masters Repainted: Wu Zhen (1280-1354): Prime Objects and Accretions

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This is the most serious monograph to date to present an effective methodology for the study of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Not stressing the biographical details of  artists' social environments, this study focusses on the nature and function of structure and brush-wielding that reveal the production period of each work and, in greater depth, specifics of an individual Masters' art. It is the first book ever to unearth successfully surviving originals amongst the myriad attributions bearing the name of a legendary master, and to provide a deeper look at the body and soul of these hitherto unappreciated genuine masterpieces.

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The study of Chinese painting in Taiwan, China and America today centres largely around works ascribed to celebrated old masters. These have been passed down over the centuries in private and imperial collections. Over the past millennium collectors acquired paintings as an index to their mental and spiritual cultivation which served to enhance upward social mobility. For artists, on the other hand, copying a masterpiece that could be mistaken for the original brought the highest praise, and those able to create inspiring variations on favoured old masters could lay claim to the status of master themselves. The need among collectors for ancient paintings and the widespread ability among painters to work in ancient styles created an active commerce where works by less inspired painters affixed with celebrated names were circulated as masterpieces. Countless such attributions have been gathered into famous collections, and today continue to vie for pride of place in major art centres. After intense close-up examination of groups of attributions, Joan Stanley-Baker shows that an overwhelming proportion of works assigned to pre-seventeenth century artists are of later vintage, made from within one to several centuries after their putative dates. Stanley-Baker's uncompromising premise that all attributions to old masters must remain suspect until shown to be genuine beyond reasonable doubt has given her enquiry a rare intellectual edge. Combining for the first time three hitherto distinct traditions of appraisal and analysis, she introduces a system of checks and balances that facilitates the identification of original works and the dating of posthumous additions with a greater degree ofassurance than has been heretofore evinced in either traditional connoisseurship or contemporary scholarship. Turning a new leaf in art history, she views the oeuvre ascribed to an old master as a centuries-long series of images that reflect the changing perceptions of his style and persona. She deals with the traditionally avoided reality of accretions by introducing categories of stylistic distance that separate later additions from original prime objects.

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Joan Stanley-Baker, born Hsu Hsiao-hu (Xu Xiaohu) in Nanking of Chinese and German parents, has been researching the seeming mysteries of Chinese calligraphy and painting since 1963. In the field of Chinese art history however she has been avoided as a dangerous trouble-maker. She took the original manuscript for this book, written after year-long repeated first-hand examination of the paintings discussed at the National Palace Museum in Taipei in 1980-81, to the University of Oxford where she earned her MLitt and DPhil in 1987. However her views and insights continued to cast her as persona non grata amongst colleagues anxious to stay on the good side of powerful establishment figures full of funds.  Coming to the conclusion that it was not she but the art establishment at large that could not or would not see Truth, she continues joyfully to make her discoveries, forging an entirely new and more reliable methodology for future generations.  This book was translated into Chinese and published in full characters by ArtCo of Taipei in 2011,  where it was entirely ignored, but became quite surprisingly a national sensation the next year in China where it was published by the BBT Press in Beijing, garnering dozens of personal interviews and book reviews on line and paper. It continues to generate intense discourse among thousands of Chinese readers, including many non-specialists who report happily that, at last, they can see.

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