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ARTH 367: Chinese Art: Getting Started

This guide provides some starting points for researching a topic in Chinese art.

This course is an introduction to the foundations of Chinese art from the Neolithic period to the present. It covers the arts of ceramics, bronze, jade, painting, calligraphy, sculpture, and architecture. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of art forms and the socio-political forces and intellectual discourses that shaped them.

Examples of Print Books

eBooks on Chinese Art

Oxford Art Online

Covers biographies, criticism, country surveys, artistic styles and movements, art forms, subject matter and iconography, and techniques. Note: Limit of 3 simultaneous users.

Search Primo

Primo Search Tips

Try the following search terms to find resources in Primo. Copy and paste into the Primo search box above.

Broad Search Terms:

  • Art, Chinese
  • Ink Painting, Chinese
  • Painting, Chinese
  • Painting, Chinese Catalogs
  • Painting, Chinese Exhibitions
  • Painting, Chinese History
  • Public Art, China
  • Art, Chinese Influences
  • Art, Chinese Western Influences
  • Symbolism in Art Chinese
  • Animals in art
  • Performance art

By Time Period:

  • Art Chinese Song-Yuan Dynasties
  • Art Patronage China History
  • Art, Chinese -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
  • Art, Chinese 20th Century
  • Art Chinese 21st Century


For 20th Century Chinese Art, try:

  •  Art Chinese 20th Century
  • Painting Chinese 20th Century
  • Arts Chinese 20th Century
  • Avant Garde Aesthetics China
  • Art Asian 20th Century
  • Art Modern 20th Century

For Communism and Chinese Art or Politics and Chinese Art, try:

  • Communism and art China
  • United States Relations China
  • Art, Chinese -- Collectors and collecting -- United States
  • Art, Chinese -- Collectors and collecting -- China
  • China Relations United States
  • Art and state China
  • Socialist realism in art China
  • Painting Political Aspects China
  • China Politics and Govenrment
  • China Cultural Policy


For the Cultural Revolution or Mao Zedong, try:

  • China History Cultural Revolution 1966 - 1976
  • Mao Zedong

For Chinese Calligraphy, try:

  • Calligraphy Chinese
  • Calligraphy, Chinese Catalogues
  • Chinese language writing

For  East and West, try:

  • East and West in Art
  • Landscape Painting Chinese
  • Painting Chinese - Foreign Influences

For social, economic issues, try:


  •  Art and Society China
  • China Social Conditions
  • Art industries and trade Chinese
  • China Trade Art
  • China Economic Policy 1976 - 2000

For specific artists, try:

  • Xu Bing
  • Cai Guoqiang
  • Artists China

You can also search the name of the artist as subject. Enter the last name first.

For female artists or women in China, try:

  • Women painters China
  • Women artists Asia
  • Femininity China
  • Sex role China


Liaison Librarian Information

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