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The arts of Thailand
Van Beek, Steve, 1944-
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Revised and updated edition.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd., 1999.

Physical Description:
248 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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N7321 .V36 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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For over a thousand years, Thailand has been a cultural crossroads for the artistic traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Indonesia, gradually evolving a unique style of artistic expression all its own. Based on exhaustive museum, library, and temple research, The Arts of Thailand covers every major form and period of Thai art and provides a complete overview of one of the world's richest artistic traditions.

Author Notes

Steve van Beek, a long-term resident of Thailand, has a special interest in art.

Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, a world-renowned photographer who has lived and worked in Asia since 1973, specializes in books on aspects of Asian culture. Among his many books are Balinese Gardens, The Tropical Garden, Tropical Asian Style,Thai Style and Myanmar Style.

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Library Journal Review

From start to finish, this is a classic example of the synergy of clear, thoughtful text, superb photography, and clean, attractive book design. Since most non-Thais have little knowledge of the Thai history or culture, Van Beek carefully covers the history of Thai art from the Bronze Age to the present, paying particular attention to the Buddhist influence of the last 700 years. Scores of rich, well-printed photos examine Thai sculpture, architecture, and mural painting. Despite the relative paucity of material on Thailand's superb ceramics and a skimpy coverage of 19th- and 20th-century art, this is the best single volume on Thai art history around. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.√ĄDavid McClelland, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.