Illustrated Catalogue of a Special Loan Exhibition of Art Treasures from Japan

Illustrated Catalogue of a Special Loan Exhibition of Art Treasures from Japan

Illustrated Catalogue of a Special Loan Exhibition of Art Treasures from Japan

Illustrated Catalogue of a Special Loan Exhibition of Art Treasures from Japan

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One of the most striking phenomena in modern history has been the extraordinary material progress made by the Japanese Empire in the last seventy-five years. Indeed, so amazing has this progress been that many Westerners are in danger of overlooking the fact that one of the most significant contributions of Japan to the cultural history of the world is her art. The deeper one delves into the aesthetic accomplishment of the Japanese people the more evident it becomes that Japanese art not only expresses a peculiar national trait but that also it reflects artistic ideals which are at once international and universal. The Museum of Fine Arts has long recognized this fact. Indeed, from the arrival in the Museum of the celebrated Fenollosa and Bigelow collections half a century ago, the authorities of the Institution have steadily exerted their efforts toward promoting a proper understanding of the true value of Japanese art. Toward this end, the Museum decided to hold, in 1936, a Special Loan Exhibition of Japanese Art, to be formed in Japan and offered to the public as its contribution to the Harvard Tercentenary Celebration. The enterprise thus becomes a joint one of the Museum and the University. By it the Museum felt . . .

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