The Japanese visual arts since the beginning of the Meiji period (1868) have produced an outpouringof art created in a bewildering number of genres and spanning a wide range of aims andaccomplishments. Since Meiji is the first sustained effort in English to discuss in any depth atime when Japan, eager to join in the larger cultural developments in Europe and the U.S., wentthrough a visual revolution. Indeed, this study of the visual arts of the nineteenth and twentiethcenturies suggests a fresh history of modern Japanese culture-one that until now has notbeen widely visible or thoroughly analyzed outside that country. In this extensive collection, which includes more than 150 black-and-white and color reproductions, scholars from Japan, Europe, Australia,and America explore an impressive array of subjects: painting, sculpture, prints, fashion design,crafts, and gardens.
University of Hawaii Press
Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000