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Nihonga, Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting (hb)
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Nihonga, Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting (hb)


Nihonga, Transcending the Past: Japanese-style Painting, 1868-1968 includes 171 works by 61 artists, drawn from 81 private and public collections. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the Japanese tempered their absorption of pervasive Western influences by a more extensive and more informed appreciation of their traditional culture. The effect of this amalgamation was seen in music, literature, visual arts, and in the Japanese culture and civilization as a whole. Some Japanese remained immersed in tradition; some chose to look primarily to the West. Others, like the Nihonga artists chose to transcend the past by combining Japanese tradition and Western influences. Japanese artists working in the Japanese style, who were inclined to embrace both Eastern and Western ideas while continuing to employ Japanese media and formats came to be known as Nihonga artists. Nihonga, Transcending the Past traces the diverse modes and distinctive Nihonga styles that evolved during these eras and represents the full range of formats used by Nihonga artists over the century with examples of screens, cedar doors, hanging scrolls, handscrolls, albums, fans, and framed paintings.

Written by Ellen P. Conant, Professor J. Thomas River, and Steven D. Owyoung, with 18 essays written by Japanese scholars.
Extended biographies of each of the 61 artists are featured along with a bibliography of both Japanese- and English-language sources.
Hard bound
352 pages, fully illustrated with color reproductions


Item # 006515
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