The art of Ogata Kenzan: persona and production in Japanese ceramics
Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) is Japan's most famous potter, & his work has had a far-reaching influence on the ceramic art, not only in Japan but, through Bernard Leach & his followers, the West as well. With his brother, the gifted painter Korin, Kenzan was a member of a cultivated circle that transformed the world of Japanese design from the taste of a courtly few to a popular movement encompassing all social classes & embracing all of the arts & crafts. Richard Wilson illuminates Kenzan's life & work simultaneously, tracing the phases of Kenzan's personal, artistic, & commercial development, their relationship to Japanese culture, & their bearing on the issues of authenticity & connoisseurship in Japanese art. Richly illustrated with 16 color & 410 monochrome illustrations, the book includes an exhaustive visual catalogue of authenticated Kenzan works for the collector & translations of Kenzan's secret pottery manuals.
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