Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai – A Pictorial Exploration of Its History, Aesthetics, Styles and Preservation provides a wealth of practical information for the novice and seasoned cultivator of the art form. Several chapters are dedicated to detailing the how-to techniques of caring and maintaining penjing, as well as sourcing the appopriate trees and natural elements. The excellent pictorials of the categories of penjing: tree, landscape and water and land will help one to comprehend design aesthetics.
For the academically inclined and common enthusiast, the history of penjing’s beginnings and its evolutions will yield further appreciation for the art form. The exquisite and breathtaking images are definitely a feast for the eyes and will certainly appeal to the artist, poet, or quiet dreamer in you.
The bonsai tree has become a near-ubiquitous aspect of Japanese art. Less recognized, penjing is a traditional Chinese art which encompasses bonsai and expands upon it. This lovely book showcases the Chinese art of penjing in all its aspects and covers all three categories, tree penjing, rock penjing, and water-and-land penjing. Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai provides a wealth of information for the academically inclined as well as the practically minded.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Penjing Aesthetics
Chapter Two: History of Penjing
Chapter Three: Basic Penjing Techniques
Chapter Four: Categories and Designs
Chapter Five Displaying Techniques
Chapter Six Care and Maintenance