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By François Jullien

In premodern China, elite painters used imagery to not reflect the realm round them, yet to rouse unfathomable adventure. contemplating their paintings along the philosophical traditions that tell it, The nice picture Has No Form explores the “nonobject”—a inspiration exemplified through work that don't search to symbolize observable surroundings.

François Jullien argues that this nonobjectifying process stems from the painters’ deeply held trust in a continuum of life, during which paintings isn't detailed from fact. Contrasting this angle with the Western suggestion of artwork as break free the realm it represents, Jullien investigates the theoretical stipulations that permit us to recognize, isolate, and summary items. His comparative strategy lays naked the assumptions of chinese language and ecu idea, revitalizing the questions of what portray is, the place it comes from, and what it does. Provocative and intellectually lively, this sweeping inquiry introduces new methods of pondering the connection of paintings to the tips within which it's rooted.

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