Challenging Past And Present: The Metamorphosis of Nineteenth-Century Japanese Art

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Ellen P. Conant
University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - Art - 292 pages
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The complex and coherent development of Japanese art during thecourse of the nineteenth century was inadvertently disrupted by apolitical event: the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Scholars of both thepreceding Edo (1615-1868) and the succeeding Meiji (1868-1912) erashave shunned the decades bordering this arbitrary divide, thus creatingan art-historical void that the former view as a period of waningtechnical and creative inventiveness and the latter as one threatenedby Meiji reforms and indiscriminate westernization and modernization.Challenging Past and Present, to the contrary, demonstrates that theperiod 1840-1890, as seen progressively rather than retrospectively, experienced a dramatic transformation in the visual arts, which in turnmade possible the creative achievements of the twentieth century
 

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Contents

Cultural Change in NineteenthCentury Japan
31
Miyagawa Kozan and the Role
133
Meiji Response to Bunjinga
177
The Image of Kannon as Compassionate
197
Reassessing the Rokumeikan
227
Japan Abroad at the Chicago
254
Contributors
281
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Page 280 - See Albert Boime The Academy and French Painting in the Nineteenth Century (London and New York: Phaidon, 1971).
Page 280 - See Lawrence W. Chisolm, Fenollosa: The Far East and American Culture (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1963).

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