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Alfred Parsons, RA, PRWS (1847-1920) and the Japanese Watercolour Movement

Watanabe, Toshio (2015) Alfred Parsons, RA, PRWS (1847-1920) and the Japanese Watercolour Movement. In: Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits. Renaissance Books, Folkestone, pp. 284-296. ISBN 978-1-898823-16-2

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Watanabe, Toshio

Alfred Parsons, an English painter, illustrator and garden designer, visited Japan in 1892 to paint Japanese landscape. He organised a small exhibition of his watercolours in Tokyo. Kokki Miyake, a young Japanese painter visited this exhibition and was so excited that he vowed to concentrate just on watercolours from nature. This exhibition and also a serialised translation of his 'Notes in Japan' in a Japanese art magazine became the catalyst for the new Japanese Watercolour movement. This chapter analyses this phenomenon and also how Parsons made more or less inadvertently a major contribution to the modernisation of Japanese landscape painting.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Alfred Parsons, Japanese Watercolour Movement, Kokki Miyake, John Varley Jr.
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Renaissance Books
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: 2015
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 16:04
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2015 16:04
Item ID: 8249
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8249

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