The Japanese Sense of Beauty

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The Japanese Sense of Beauty is an important contri­bution to the study of aesthetics and cultural history, of­fering insights that will change the way you think about Japanese art.

What makes Japanese art unique? In The Japanese Sense of Beauty, art critic and historian Takashina Shūji reflects on the aesthetic and philosophical sensibilities underly­ing Japanese art throughout its history, from the earliest calligraphy and painted screens to modern masters like Hishida Shunso and Yokoyama Taikan.

Along the way, Takashina explores themes such as the relationship between subjective perspective and “flat” composition and the playful intermingling of word and image throughout the plastic arts of Japan. He also offers fresh critical perspectives on many individual artists, in­cluding Takeuchi Seihō, one of the first to fuse traditional techniques with Western realism, and Takahashi Yuichi, who combined a vivid mastery of texture with deceptively traditionalist compositions. Other essays in this wide-rang­ing collection touch on everything from the symbolism of Mount Fuji to the ancient music known as gagaku, show­ing how even the most disparate topics can shed new light on what is essential to Japanese culture.

Auteurs Takashina Shūji  
Vertaler Matt Treyvaud  
Uitgever Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture  
Taal Engels  
Jaar van uitgave 2018  
Afmetingen 16 × 22 cm  
Kenmerken Hardback met stofomslag, 256 pagina's, enkele zwartwit afbeeldingen  
ISBN 9784866580203