Mountains of the Heart

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Mountains of the Heart explores Japan's landscape through the eyes of a renowned artist and provides new perspectives on a rare painting collection.

It is an invaluable study of a landmark masterpiece that profoundly influenced the development of ehon, or art books, which recorded Japanese life, culture, and geography for hundreds of years. A great master of the Japanese art-book tradition, Bosai eloquently discusses man's interaction with the...
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Overview

Mountains of the Heart explores Japan's landscape through the eyes of a renowned artist and provides new perspectives on a rare painting collection.

It is an invaluable study of a landmark masterpiece that profoundly influenced the development of ehon, or art books, which recorded Japanese life, culture, and geography for hundreds of years. A great master of the Japanese art-book tradition, Bosai eloquently discusses man's interaction with the environment. His work depicts small figures lost in the mist and forests of immense foothills, seeking nourishment for body and spirit. His work instills in the viewer a sense of nature's immense power and our comparative frailty, while still conveying the peaceful mood of the rural locales that he so lovingly immortalizes. Each image, in its serenity, completely captivates the viewer, and draws us into Bôsai's world.

"One secret of the appeal of ehon is that their artists see with such imagination and clarity, draw with such verve, and embrace any subject, however humble or imperfect," explains Roger S. Keyes, curator of a New York ehon exhibition, who declares that these books seize and hold a reader's attention, that they provide revelation and inspiration and turn willing readers into artists. "They empower people." This certainly holds true in Mountains of the Heart. With comprehensive introduction and commentary by Stephen Addiss, this book will inspire anyone interested in the rich history of Japanese art. 22 color spreads, 22 black and white illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807615881
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kameda Bôsai (1752-1826) is one of the best known and loved artists of the Japanese ehon. Stephen Addiss is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities at the University of Richmond. Author of Japanese Ghosts and Demons and respected scholar of Japanese history, he is the recipient of four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and one from the National Endowment for the Arts and has published 36 books and exhibition catalogs.
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