Burmese Painting

A Linear and Lateral History

Andrew Ranard

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  • Published: 2009
  • Subject Listing: Art History
  • Bibliographic information: 378 pp., 350 color photos, 8.5 x 11 in.
  • Territorial rights: Not Available in Southeast Asia
  • Distributed for: Silkworm Books
  • Contents

This is the first comprehensive history of Burmese painting, from eleventh-century Pagan to the present, including over 175 painters and more than 300 photographs of work. The book explores the historical
transformations of the art, with psychological interpretations of major artists, the legends which followed them, and analysis of their oeuvres. It also probes the unusual lateral dimensions of Burmese painting, where 1,000 years of tradition have continued
to survive and shape a rich corpus of largely unknown work.

Ranard links the traditional roots of Burmese painting in India with later influences from China, Thailand, Britain, Northern Europe, and America. Burma is an isolated country, but its art has been a major wellspring of inspiration in Southeast Asia. Today, the country struggles to reconcile complex pressures, and Ranard digs deeply to uncover layers of conflict reflected in Burmese painting.
Andrew Ranard has lived in Burma and other Asian countries. He presently lectures at universities in Japan.