Splendid Impressions: Japanese Secular Painting 1400-1900, in the Museum of East Asian Art Cologne

Splendid Impressions: Japanese Secular Painting 1400-1900, in the Museum of East Asian Art Cologne

by Doris Croissant

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Splendid Impressions: Japanese Secular Painting 1400-1900, in the Museum of East Asian Art Cologne by Doris Croissant

This publication focuses on the collection of Japanese secular painting in the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne, a large part of which was acquired by the museum’s founders Adolf and Frieda Fischer before 1913. Six internationally renowned specialists of Japanese art present new insights and approaches to pre-modern Japanese visual culture in this exquisitely illustrated catalogue.

The publication is divided into two parts: the first section discusses the reception of Japanese art and the dawn of East Asian art history in Germany, as well as shedding new light on the role of the monk painter as mediator between Chinese and Japanese concepts of secular art.

The main body of the publication is the catalogue section. Here, 94 works (divided into seven subject categories) are presented: hand scrolls, fans, hanging scrolls and folding screens. All works are reproduced in full colour, many scrolls being shown in their entirety. Each chapter is preceded by an introduction, elucidating the historiographical, aesthetic and methodological questions that are central to current research in the visual culture of pre-modern Japan. The illuminating entries are followed by a comprehensive appendices section, including photographs of the paintings’ signatures, seals and transcriptions of the inscriptions in the paintings.
Splendid Impressions will serve as a reference source not only for curators, scholars and students of Japanese art and culture, but also for anyone who has a personal interest in Japanese painting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004206113
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Doris Croissant is Professor of East Asian Art at the Centre for East Asian Studies, Institute of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg (Germany) where she has taught since 1978. She has published on Chinese tomb art, Rinpa school painting, Meiji and Taishō period painting and art politics, portrayal and photography, and on gender aspects of Japanese painting. She is the author and co-editor of Japanese Paintings in the Linden Museum Stuttgart: A Selection from the Baelz Collection (1999); Japan und Europa 1543-1929 (1993) and Performing “Nation”, Gender Politics in Literature, Theater, and the Visual Arts of China and Japan, 1880-1940 (2008).

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