Prized for over a millennium by Chinese literati, scholars’ rocks—stones sculpted by the elements into evocative miniature landscapes—have long been objects of contemplation and inspiration. This succinct, elegant volume, a meditation on the philosophy and spirit of Chinese natural art in stone, wood, metal, and ceramic, is an indispensable commentary on the art of nature and the nature of art.

Editorial Reviews

“A delight to anyone interested in contemporary art’s dialog with the past, in the philosophical divide between Eastern art and that of the West, or even in chaos theory and fractal geometry. Rosenblum’s mind skips nimbly from topic to topic, and he ties them all together lucidly and lyrically.” (Boston Globe).