Title : The Japanese Sense of Beauty
Author : Takashina Shuji
Publisher : Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture
ISBN : 9784866580203
The Japanese Sense of Beauty, art critic and historian Takashina Shuji 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 subjectibe perspective and “flat” composition and the playful intermingling of the world and image throughout the plastics arts of Japan. He also offers fresh critical perspectives on many individual artists, including Takeuchi Seiho, 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, showinghow even the most disparate topics can shed new lighton what is essential to Japanese Culture.