The Chinese Garden: History, Art & Architecture

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London Academy ed, 1978 - Gardens - 216 pages
When The Chinese Garden was published in 1978, it was the first attempt in any language to explore the meanings that lie behind Chinese gardens. Now thoroughly revised and with new illustrations, it remains a classic of the subject. In a scholarly and accessible way, it traces the Chinese garden back through the earliest records, and explains its influence on, and how it was influenced by, philosophy, painting, architecture and literature. An exploration of Chinese culture, and how this culture manifested itself in the art of garden-making and design, The Chinese Garden provides unique insights into a great civilization and an intimate glimpse of the lives of the artists, scholars, poets and emperors who made it. Book jacket.

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This was one of the first books to explore the history, philosophy and symbolism that lie behind Chinese gardens and their design and planting. In China, both ancient and modern, gardens have ... Read full review

The Chinese garden: history, art, and architecture

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The original 1978 edition of Keswick's book was the standard source on Chinese gardens in English, as well as the inspiration for many to journey to China. After Keswick's death in 1995, there was ... Read full review


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