The Great Image Has No Form, or On the Nonobject Through Painting (Hardcover)

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In premodern China, elite painters used imagery not to mirror the world around them, but to evoke unfathomable experience. Considering their art alongside the philosophical traditions that inform it,The Great Image Has No Form explores the ?nonobject??a notion exemplified by paintings that do not seek to represent observable surroundings.

Fran?ois Jullien argues that this nonobjectifying approach stems from the painters? deeply held belief in a continuum of existence, in which art is not distinct from reality. Contrasting this perspective with the Western notion of art as separate from the world it represents, Jullien investigates the theoretical conditions that allow us to apprehend, isolate, and abstract objects. His comparative method lays bare the assumptions of Chinese and European thought, revitalizing the questions of what painting is, where it comes from, and what it does. Provocative and intellectually vigorous, this sweeping inquiry introduces new ways of thinking about the relationship of art to the ideas in which it is rooted.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226415307
SKU 211948587
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226415309
Release Date 11/15/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0263
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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