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Former Chinese vice premier's book launched

books Updated: Nov 01, 2012 18:07 IST

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The English edition of a book on seals by former Chinese vice premier Li Lanqing has been launched here.



The English edition of "Works of Art by Li Lanqing: Chinese Seals and Calligraphy", jointly published by Macmillan Publishers Limited, Higher Education Press, and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, contains images of 461 seals and some calligraphy by the former Chinese vice premier, reported Xinhua.

Su Yuheng, president of China's Higher Education Press, noted that this book was different from traditional art catalogue.

"It carried poetry, paintings, photos, illustrations and descriptions as supplement to the seals, which could give readers a general picture of China's traditional art, as well as culture and history," he said.

Li, also a former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has been dedicated to the popularization of Chinese culture and art since his retirement in 2003.

"In seal cutting, Li had some innovation in the content, style and material," said Fan Di'an, dean of the National Art Museum of China.

"His works showed the aesthetic knowledge and cultural interest of Chinese leaders," he said.