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History of Art in Japan

by Nobuo Tsuji Columbia University Press
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Pbk 664 pages
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In this book the leading authority on Japanese art history tells the fascinating story of the country's exceptional cultural heritage. Tsuji Nobuo sheds light on how Japan has nurtured distinctive aesthetics, prominent artists, and movements that have achieved global influence and popularity. The History of Art in Japan discusses works ranging from the Jomon period to contemporary art, from earthenware figurines in 13,000 BCE to manga, anime, and modern subcultures.


Tsuji explains crucial aspects of Japan's many artistic mediums and styles - paintings,ukiyo-e, ceramics, sculpture, armor, gardens, and architecture - covering thousands of years. Drawing on newly discovered archaeological discoveries and the latest research, he discusses Japanese art in various contexts, including Buddhist and religious influences, aristocratic and popular aesthetics, and interactions with the world, as well as the country's depth of culture. This book, the first translation into English of the most updated, reliable, and comprehensive review of the history of Japanese art, is an indispensable resource for all those interested in this multifaceted history. With new maps, figures, and an updated comprehensive bibliography in English, this new edition will illuminate countless aspects of Japanese art for scholars and general readers alike.

Preface to the English EditionTranslator's PrefaceNenga Era ChartMap of Archaeological SitesTimelinesIntroduction1. Jamon: The Force of Primal Imagination2. Yayoi and Kofun: Influences from the Continent3. Asuka and Hakuha: The Sphere of East Asian Buddhist Arts4. Nara: The Spread of the Tang International Style5. Heian: Jagan, Fujiwara, and Insei Art6. Kamakura Period: Aristocratic Aesthetics in Flux7. Nanbokucha and Muromachi: Zen Buddhism and Chinese Art8. Azuchi-Momoyama: The Flowering of Kazari9. Edo: Townspeople and the Rise of Urban Culture10. Meiji to Heisei: Modern and Contemporary ArtNotesRecommended Reading for Further StudyImage CreditsIndex

Tsuji has earned recognition for combining authority and accuracy with interesting and imaginative insights. In every chapter, History of Art in Japan provides a thorough and engaging account of individual works in their social context while maintaining an international frame of reference. It is an immense gift to readers of all levels.
Tsuji Nobuo is professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Tama Art University. He has written Lineage of Eccentrics: Matabei to Kuniyoshi (Kaikai Kiki Co., 2012) and Playfulness in Japanese Art (Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1986) along with many publications in Japanese. Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia. Her publications include Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan (ed., British Museum Press, 2007), and Vessels of Influence (Bloomsbury, 2012).