Artistic Japan; Illustrations and Essays Volume 6

Artistic Japan; Illustrations and Essays Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...as heretofore, will re-adapt the arts to fitly accord with altered circumstances; and this conclusion I will now endeavour to support by a survey of some of the more important industrial arts and manufactures. Woodwork.--" The Japanese are a nation of carpenters, and with them carpentry is a fine art." So I said and felt a few days after my arrival in Japan, and this impression remains with me. I have not time to speak of woodwork in regard to the major constructive arts, the wooden temples and houses, in which the race-genius for simplicity and thoroughness is most prominent, and can only allude to the minor constructive arts which are equally permeated with the same spirit, however unpretentious and humble their intended use. In cabinet work, the drawers fit so accurately, that it is a pleasure to open and shut them; the little wooden tables, the wooden trays, drinking cups, fans, tobaccopipes, umbrella frames, bamboo baskets, buckets, ladles, implements I / of husbandry, etc., are all formed with rigid directness, and are artistic, each after its kind. ARTISTIC JAPAN. Pictorial Art.--With the Western nations the fine arts are divorced from the applied and decorative arts, and pictorial art is, technically speaking, out of the province of this paper; and yet I do not see how it can be passed by without some word of comment, as in Japan it is the frequent custom for the artist-craftsman personally to design and manipulate every detail of his work. The pictorial art of Japan has been treated admirably and exhaustively by Dr. Anderson, M. Gonse, and others--whose knowledge is profound, whilst my own is superficial. The natural art instinct of the Japanese again and again rebelled against the formalism of their court patrons and Chinese...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615344
  • 9781236615343