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Enchanted by Lohans - Osvald Siren's Journey Into Chinese Art (Online resource)
Enchanted by Lohans - Osvald Siren's Journey Into Chinese Art (Online resource): Minna Toerma

Enchanted by Lohans - Osvald Siren's Journey Into Chinese Art (Online resource)

Minna Toerma

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Finnish-Swedish art historian Osvald Sir?n (1879--1966) was one of the pioneers of Chinese art scholarship in the West. This biography focuses on his four major voyages to East Asia: 1918, 1921--1923, 1929--1930, and 1935. This was a pivotal period in Chinese archaeology, art studies, and the formation of Western collections of Chinese art. Sir?n gained international renown as a scholar of Italian art, particularly with his books on Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto. Yet when he was almost forty years old, he became captivated by Chinese art (paintings of Lohans in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston) to such an extent that he decided to start his career anew -- in a way. He has left his mark in several fields in Chinese art study: architecture, sculpture, painting, and garden art.

This study charts Sir?n's itineraries during his travels in Japan, Korea, and China. It introduces the various people in those countries as well as in Europe and North America who defined the field in its early stages and were influential as collectors and dealers. Since Sir?n was a theosophist, the book also explores the impact of theosophical ideas in his work.

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Imprint: Hong Kong University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2014
Authors: Minna Toerma
Format: Online resource
ISBN-13: 978-9888268405
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > Art styles not limited by date > Oriental art
LSN: 9888268406
Barcode: 9789888268405

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