Examines the life and works of the young Chinese girl who started painting animals at the age of three and in her teens became the youngest artist to have a one-person show at the Smithsonian Institution.
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Grade 5 Up-- From the age of three, Wang Yani has shown a remarkable feeling for color and design. Her creative brushwork in the xieyi hua or free form style of Chinese art was recognized by art experts by the time she was four years old. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world and has even been featured on a Chinese postage stamp. Now 16, she has advanced from animal and plant themes to more sophisticated subjects, but always with an extraordinary sense of balance and grace and with a traditionally Chinese appreciation for the uses of space. This book is liberally illustrated with Wang Yani's artwork, in full color, arranged chronologically. In her paintings, monkeylike creatures, made furry and graceful with skillful strokes of watercolor brushwork, glide and cavort across the papers. Boughs hung with fruit and leaves provide accents and background. The color photographs showing the young painter at home, traveling with her father, and playing with schoolmates are a wonderful introduction to Chinese culture and to a remarkable young artist. Zhensun and Low's account presents a uniformly happy picture of Wang Yani's success and reads, in places, like a promotional pamphlet for her next exhibition. But the book is worth purchasing for several reasons: as a biography of a highly talented young person, as an explanation and introduction to Chinese art, and, most particularly, for the collection of delightful pictures of monkeys, birds, mountains, and trees that speak the universal language of fine art and will delight anyone who opens the pages of this unusual book. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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An enormously talented Chinese painter, born in 1975, is the subject of this profusely illustrated biography. ``Yani'' is especially fortunate in her father, also an artist, who firmly believed (despite tradition) that Yani's art should be allowed to develop naturally, with minimal instruction and no classical exercises such as copying others' work. From her first promising scribbles at two, he provided the materials she needed; by the time she was three, she was recognized as a prodigy--a judgment that the beguiling art so beautifully reproduced here fully justifies. At six, her work was exhibited in Europe; she had a one-person show in 1989 at the Smithsonian. The authors touch lightly on Yani's apparently privileged background, focusing on the evolution of her art in response to her increasing skill, maturing interests, and enriching experiences (including travel) deliberately provided by her father. Dimensions and Yani's age at the time of painting are cited for each picture reproduced (though not locations--were some of the thousands of paintings sold? Is Yani also a commercial success?); two foldouts allow a better view of more extensive works; photos show the happy, intent girl at work at many ages; a detailed appendix describes the tools and techniques of the traditional style that Yani adapts to her highly individual work. A handsome book--and a fascinating, lucidly written portrait of a uniquely creative artist. Glossary; maps; index. (Biography. 9+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Scholastic/Byron Preiss/New China Pictures Book, New York, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. Zgensun, Zheng Ilustrador. First Edition. Life and works of a young Chinese girl who started painting at the age of three. Nº de ref. de la librería 3396
Descripción Scholastic Trade, 1991. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110590449060
Descripción Scholastic Trade, 1991. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0590449060
Descripción Scholastic Trade, 1991. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0590449060