Copying the Master and Stealing His Secrets: Talent and Training in Japanese Painting

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Brenda G. Jordan, Victoria Louise Weston
University of Hawaii Press, 2003 - Art - 248 pages
Copying the Master examines the transmission of painting traditions in Japan from one generation to the next. The contributors emphasize the relationship between inborn abilities and those skills taught in the course of learning how to paint. They focus their discussion on a group of painting masters loosely associated with the prestigious Kano painting atelier, Japan's de facto painting academy throughout the Tokugawa period (1615-1868) and into the early modern era. By delving into why, how, and what these painters transmitted to students through their teaching, readers gain insight into artistic and aesthetic sensibilities active in Japanese painting and a fuller appreciation of extant paintings within their cultural and historical contexts.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Talent Training and Power THE KANO PAINTING WORKSHOP IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
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Copying from Beginning to End? STUDENT LIFE IN THE KANO SCHOOL
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In the Studio of Painting Study TRANSMISSION PRACTICES OF TANI BUNCHŌ
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Kawanabe Kyōsais Theory and Pedagogy THE PREEMINENCE OF SHASEI
86
Okuhara Seiko A CASE OF FUNPON TRAINING IN LATE EDO LITERATI PAINTING
116
Institutionalizing Talent and the Kano Legacy at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts 18891893
147
From Technique to Art
178
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