History of Art in Japan

Tsuji Nobuo. Translated by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere.

University of Tokyo Press

History of Art in Japan

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Pub Date: March 2019

ISBN: 9784130870603

560 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $120.00£93.00

History of Art in Japan

Tsuji Nobuo. Translated by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere.

University of Tokyo Press

The leading authority on Japanese art history, from earthenware figurines in 13,000 B.C. to manga and modern subcultures, tells the story of how the country has nurtured unique aesthetics, prominent artists, and distinctive movements. Discussing Japanese art in various contexts, including interactions with the outside world, Tsuji Nobuo sheds light on works ranging from the Jōmon period to modern and contemporary art. Tsuji’s perspective, using newly discovered facts, depicts critical aspects of paintings, ukiyo-e, ceramics, sculpture, armor, gardens, and architecture, covering thousands of years. This book, the first translation into English of Japan’s most updated, reliable, and comprehensive book on the history of Japanese art, is an indispensable resource for all those interested in this multifaceted history.
Preface to the English Edition
Translator’s Preface
Contents
Nengô Era Chart
Map of Archaeological Sites
Timelines
Introduction
1. Jômon: The Force of Primal Imagination
2. Yayoi and Kofun: Influences from the Continent
3. Asuka and Hakuhô: The Sphere of East Asian Buddhist Arts
4. Nara: The Spread of the Tang International Style
5. Heian: Jôgan, Fujiwara, and Insei Art
6. Kamakura Period: Aristocratic Aesthetics in Flux
7. Nanbokuchô and Muromachi: Zen Buddhism and Chinese Art
8. Azuchi-Momoyama: The Flowering of Kazari
9. Edo: Townspeople and the Rise of Urban Culture
10. Meiji to Heisei: Modern and Contemporary Art
Notes
Recommended Reading for Further Study
Image Credits
Index

Winner, 2018 Japan Society of Translators in Japan, Special Cultural Translation Prize

About the Author

Tsuji Nobuo is professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Tama Art University and director of the MIHO Museum.

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the research director of Sainsbury Institute and professor of Japanese art and culture at the University of East Anglia.