The Art of Chang Ta-Chi’en (Chang Dai-Chien): Master of Tradition.

Pasadena, Calif.: Pacific Asia Museum, 1983. First edition. Oblong 4to. 109 pp., 67 illustrations (some in color). Chang's importance as a master of traditional Chinese painting has been widely recognized. He has held a distinctive position in that world as one of the last great literati painters, exemplifying the wandering scholar-painter seeking new avenues of expression while nurtured by roots deep in the great tradition of Chinese painting. Wherever he lived, whether in Argentina, Brazil, California, Taiwan or in his home in Szu-ch'uan, he maintained a life-style few painters have been able to emulate in the 20th century. He surrounded himself with the trappings of old China. He had a fine collection of Chinese paintings from antiquity and gathered fantastically shaped rocks so admired by the Chinese scholar. Seals- both antique and modern, as well as those he carved himself--filled his painting
table. Most important of ail, he created gardens to fulfill a spiritual need in order that he might be inspired to greater heights in his painting. He took delight in dressing the part of a Chïng scholar, walking with a gnarled cane in his old age, his white beard flowing down his silk gown. Very good in wraps, old bookstore label affixed inside cover, light soiling. Item #13-0718

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