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Author Törmä, Minna, author

Title Enchanted by Lohans : Osvald Sireþn's journey into Chinese art / Minna Törmä
Published Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 224 pages) : illustrations
Contents In the Forbidden City -- The beginnings of the journey -- Enchanted by Lohans in Boston -- The Golden Pavilion -- The expedition that lasted too long -- The fruits of the 1921-23 expedition -- To go or not to go back to Stockholm -- Language lessons and curio dealers -- Enhancing the Asian Collection in the Nationalmuseum -- The garden as a refuge -- Afterword -- Appendix I : Biographies -- Appendix II : Itineraries
Summary 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, 1921-1923, 1929-1930, and 1935. This was a pivotal period in Chinese archaeology, art studies, and the 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. 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 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. Since Sirén was a theosophist, the book also explores the impact of theosophical ideas in his work
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-216) and index
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Subject Sirén, Osvald, 1879-1966 -- Travel -- China
Siren, Osvald, 1879-1966 -- Travel -- China
Sirén, Osvald, 1879-1966
Sirén, Osvald 1879-1966
Sirén, Osvald, 1879-1966.
Art, Chinese.
ART -- Asian.
ART -- History -- General.
Art, Chinese
Kinesisk konst.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789888180981
Other Titles Enchanted by Lohans : Osvald Sirén's journey into Chinese art