Japanese Art

Japanese Art

by Joan Stanley-Baker
     
 

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“A long-needed presentation of Japanese art that concisely offers inclusive coverage from prehistoric times to the twentieth century.” —Choice
The uniqueness of Japanese culture rests on the fact that, throughout its history, Japan has continually taken, adapted, and transformed diverse influences—whether from Korea, China, and the South

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“A long-needed presentation of Japanese art that concisely offers inclusive coverage from prehistoric times to the twentieth century.” —Choice
The uniqueness of Japanese culture rests on the fact that, throughout its history, Japan has continually taken, adapted, and transformed diverse influences—whether from Korea, China, and the South Seas, or Europe and America—into distinct traditions of its own. This book, an authoritative and provocative survey of the arts of Japan from the prehistoric period to the present, brings together the results of the most recent research on the subject. In this expanded and updated edition, a new chapter explores Japanese art from the 1980s to the new millennium. Profusely illustrated with examples from a range of arts as well as an extensive bibliography, Japanese Art is a concise, thought-provoking overview of a fascinating culture.

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Protoview
“Covers the prehistoric period through Japan today and seeks to capture the essence of Japanese culture, which embraces balance, harmony, humor, and human imperfection. [Stanley-Baker] aims to communicate the sense of union between the art and the artist, as well as the ability of Japanese art and culture to absorb the ideas and influences of other cultures into its own.”
Booknews
This is a revised and expanded edition of a 1984 work. Stanley-Baker, an authority in Asian art who has been involved in the field since 1964, addresses readers who are approaching Japanese art for the first time. She surveys selected traditions (there's no attempt to be comprehensive), identifying aspects of the Japanese spirit and culture that are developed in the art forms and offering close looks at many examples. This small book contains 167 illustrations, 48 in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500204252
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Series:
World of Art Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
611,396
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Joan Stanley-Baker is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Tainan National University of Arts, Taiwan, and is the author of several books on Japanese and Chinese art.

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