Enchanted by Lohans: Osvald Siren’s Journey into Chinese Art

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Hong Kong University Press, 1 aug. 2013 - 240 sidor
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Finnish-Swedish art historian Osvald Sirén (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, 1921–23, 1929–30 and 1935. This was a pivotal period in Chinese archaeology, art studies and formation of Western collections of Chinese art. Sirén gained international renown as a scholar of Italian art, particularly with his books on Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto. But when he was almost 40 years old, he was 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 fi elds in Chinese art studies: architecture, sculpture, painting and garden art.

The study charts Sirén’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. It also explores the impact of theosophical ideas in his work.

 

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1 In the Forbidden City
1
2 The Beginnings of the Journey
9
3 Enchanted by Lohans in Boston
15
4 The Golden Pavilion
37
5 The Expedition That Lasted Too Long
55
6 The Fruits of the 192123 Expedition
81
7 To Go or Not to Go Back to Stockholm
97
8 Language Lessons and Curio Dealers
109
10 The Garden as a Refuge
145
11 Afterword
151
Biographies
159
Itineraries
169
Notes
173
Bibliography
207
Index
217
Upphovsrätt

9 Enhancing the Asian Collection in the Nationalmuseum
129

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Om författaren (2013)

Minna Törmä is Lecturer of Chinese Art at Christie’s Education London and School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow; and Adjunct Professor of Art History at University of Helsinki.

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