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Western Influence on Japanese Art: The Akita Ranga Art School [Hardcover]

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The Akita Ranga art school is a by-product of rangaku, 'Dutch learning', an important intellectual movement in eighteenth-century Japan. Akita ranga artists, highly influenced by illustrations in Western books, created a new direction in Japanese art by using Western techniques such as chiaroscuro (shading) and perspective. Odano Naotake (1750-80), a leading Akita ranga artist, illustrated Kaitai shinsho, Japan's first anatomy book. Dr. Johnson first analyses how Naotake applied new techniques to traditional Japanese art and created a quasi-Western style of painting. Secondly, she focuses on Lord Satake Shozan (1748-85), who wrote Japan's first art theory and criticism on Western art and whose complete text is translated and incorporated in this book. Shozan also based his three sketchbooks on foreign books, especially the Schouwtoneel der Natuur by Noel A. Pluche, and wrote an encyclopaedia of scientific lore. By focusing on the influence of illustrations in foreign books, Johnson brings a new perspective to Japanese art history.

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Studio: Hotei Publishing
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.75" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   2.06 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Hotei Publishing
ISBN  9074822649  
ISBN13  9789074822640  

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More About Hiroko Johnson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hiroko Johnson received her Ph.D. from University of Southern California (USC). She is currently Assistant Professor at San Diego State University and teaches Japanese Art History. She has written numerous articles in Japanese and English on Ito Jakuchu, Shen Nanpin, the artistry of basket makers, and the Akita ranga school.

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