The Chinese garden : history, art & architecture /

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Author / Creator: Keswick, Maggie.
Other Authors / Creators:Jencks, Charles.
Format: Book
Imprint: New York : Rizzoli, 1978.
Summary:Dense with winding paths, dominated by huge rock piles and buildings squeezed into small spaces, the characteristic Chinese garden is, for many foreigners, so unlike anything else as to be incomprehensible. Only on closer acquaintance does it offer up its mysteries; and such is the achievement of Maggie Keswick's celebrated classic that it affords us--adventurers, armchair travelers, and garden buffs alike--the intimate pleasures of the Chinese garden. In these richly illustrated pages, Chinese gardens unfold as cosmic diagrams, revealing a profound and ancient view of the world and of humanity's place in it. First sensuous impressions give way to more cerebral delights, and forms conjure unending, increasingly esoteric and mystical layers of meaning for the initiate. Keswick conducts us through the art and architecture, the principles and techniques of Chinese gardens, showing us their long history as the background for a civilization--the settings for China's great poets and painters, the scenes of ribald parties and peaceful contemplation, political intrigues and family festivals.
Item Description:Includes index.
Physical Description:216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Bibliography:Bibliography: pages 211-214.
ISBN:0847801934 :
Author Notes:Maggie Keswick first went to China when she was four years old. Her family had lived and worked in China since the early nineteenth century, and it is perhaps because of this close link that she was able to develop so intimate an understanding of Chinese art, philosophy and garden-making. She was educated in Shanghai and Hong Kong and, in Britain, at Oxford University and the Architectural Association, London. She was married to the architectural critic and historian Charles Jencks, with whom she made the famous conceptual garden at Portrack, near Dumfries, Scotland
Alison Hardie is a lecturer in Chinese studies at Newcastle University. She has done extensive research into Chinese gardens, specializing in Chinese garden design in the later Ming dynasty, and is translator of the classic Chinese garden text The Craft of Gardens (Yuan Ye) by Ji Cheng. She first met Maggie Keswick in China twenty years ago, and it was following Maggie's lead that she embarked on her study of Chinese gardens