JAPANESE ART IN DETAILJOHN REEVE Book Number: 87229 Product format: Hardback
What is Japanese Art? The simple answer is art created in Japan, which initially brings to mind such immediately recognisable works as the celebrated views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai, the female beauties of the Edo period, Utamaro's images of the natural world and the evocative landscapes of Hiroshige. Here too are the many far less familiar names, earlier artists and those from the 19th and 20th centuries plus those from the 18th century onwards who specialised in depicting the worlds of pleasure and everyday life in an often astonishingly frank manner, quite unlike anything in Western art of that time. Back then, Japanese formats, traditions, conventions and style - woodblock prints, paintings and screens, triptychs, kimonos, geishas, calligraphy, animals, Zen gardens, kabuki theatre - came as a breath of fresh air to those Westerners who travelled there and they brought back these influences in art, music and architecture. John Reeve arranges his book thematically with chapters entitled Serenity, Nature, Pleasure, Mountains and Sea and Turmoil, the first and last representing the two poles of Japanese culture, ancient and modern. By highlighting in close-up and colour outstanding examples of design and skill in prints, paintings and screens, metalwork, ceramics, wood, stone and lacquer Reeve points out intriguing comparisons and exceptional features, all the while providing fascinating cultural context. The featured items are all held at the British Museum and many are accessible electronically vis the BM's online service. 144pp, over 200 illus in colour, 8½" square format.
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