Literati Modern: Bunjinga from Late Edo to Twentieth-Century Japan

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Press:Honolulu Academy of Arts Honolulu Academy Arts (October 27, 2008)
Publication Date:2009-2-28
Author Name:Paul Berry,Michiyo Morioka


Literati painting, or bunjinga, flourished in Japan after its early 18th-century introduction from China. 
This book magnificently illustrates and examines an important collection of literati and shin nanga artworks, including outstanding examples of paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics.

About the Author

Paul Berry is an independent scholar specializing in Japanese painting. 
Michiyo Morioka is an independent scholar of Japanese art with expertise in nihonga and gender issues in modern Japanese art.


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  •     This is an indispensable tool for those interested in nanga from the mid-late Edo to the 20th century. This why:-inclusion of artists who were extremely active and well-regarded during their time, but have since fallen into relative obscurity-academic rigor: not only are translations of all inscriptions and seals provided, but inscriptions of the Japanese and Chinese characters are given as well. Thus, there can be no 'fudged' translations. For those who are new to calligraphy and seals, this is extremely helpful as it facilitates an understanding of how a squiggle of ink can represent a known character. This is the standard toward which all scholars of art that include text should aim.-broad view of nanga: many books on nanga leave one with the feeling that nanga withered and died by the 20th century, and the only artists who continued to paint in this way were reactionaries living in a nostalgic dream or eccentrics oblivious to the changing world. This book overturns this misconception by showing the continuation of the nanga 'tradition' into the 20th century. Some of the works included do not immediately strike the viewer as examples of nanga, but if nanga is defined as the Japanese response to Chinese literati painting, then there is no reason why these works cannot be regarded as nanga. Thus we are able to see that rather than fossilising, nanga continued to develop and absorb new influences.-production quality: excellent image quality, beautifully produced.

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