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Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting(e-book)[Mustard_Pdf]


The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting is the most influential painting book in last three hundred years in China, Japan, and Korea. Compiled by a Nanjing painter Wang Gai(or Wang Kai, 1650-1700). the first edition of 1679 consists of an introductory essay on the general principles and use of color in Chinese painting, followed by four illustrated sections on the landscape. In 1701, Wang's two brothers added new sections on birds and flowers painting. This e-book is a scanned copy of a Japanese woodblock print edition of Wang Gai's original colored version.


23 Volumes (in PDF files)


Henry Li's Recommendation Note:


This book is where I started to learn Chinese painting. In the summer of 1974 my mother borrowed volume 3 of this book from someone and I loved it so I took the whole summer time to copy it from page to page with transparent copy paper. Later I learned from a hand-painted copy on rice paper by teacher Han Shaoying and still treasured a few pages of it today.


As an experienced  Chinese brush painting teacher myself now I strongly recommend this book for both beginner and advanced sumi-e or Chinese painting students because it is the mother of all Chinese painting textbooks. You may have collected many books on Chinese brush painting or sumi-e but if you overlooked this book you have missed the most fundamental one.


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