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Rinpa and Japonisme

Watanabe, Toshio (2013) Rinpa and Japonisme. In: Reconsidering Early Modern Yamato-e: Perspectives from Japan, the UK, and the USA. Brücke, Tokyo. ISBN 9784434183836

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Watanabe, Toshio

When we examine the historiography of the study of Japonisme in painting, source material other than ukiyo-e has rarely been examined in detail. In this paper I am concentrating on Rinpa art and how and why this type of art was taken up by many Western artists and critics from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. This paper focuses on two issues, which were either only lightly touched upon or not dealt with at all in previous studies. First and my main point is to clarify the relationship of the popularity of Rimpa and the formation of Western Modernism by using Clive Bell’s concept ‘significant form’ and also by examining how the concept of decorative painting/sôshokuga was seen as being modernist. My second point is a hitherto neglected key issue namely that for both the West and Japan the spectre of China was an important component within the Rinpa appreciation at the time.

Published in Japanese.

Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Brücke
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: 2013
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 16:20
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2013 16:20
Item ID: 6040
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6040

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