The Landscape Painting of China and Japan

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15
Landscape Painters
of the Ukiyo-e School

OF all the Japanese landscapes the most famous in the West are those of the masters of the Ukiyo-e School, especially of Hokusai and Hiroshige. In fact, for many years Japanese art was known chiefly through these artists, whose colored wood blocks have been sought by eager European and American collectors ever since they first attained general recognition at the London Exhibition of 1862 and the Paris Exposition of 1867. For a time Japanese critics tended to play down their importance in reaction to the Westerners' overestimation of them, but today there is a more balanced view of their value. As a result the Japanese themselves have come to admire and collect these masters of the woodcut, while the Westerners have learned that this last offshoot of the great artistic tradition of Japan was by no means the only contribution which the Japanese made to world art.

Ukiyo-e artists had originally portrayed the life of the gay quarters of Edo, the Yoshiwara district, painting famous beauties, geisha houses, Kabuki actors, and other phases of popular life, and it was only under the influence of Katsushika Hokusai ( 1760-1849) that landscape became a major subject for the artists of this school. Trained in the traditional Ukiyo-e manner by

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • About the Author *
  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Note viii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Plates xi
  • The Landscape Painting of China 1
  • 1 - The Spirit of Chinese Landscape Painting 3
  • 2 - The Beginnings of Chinese Landscape Painting 13
  • 3 - The T'Ang Period 19
  • 4 - The Fire Dynasties and Early Sung Periods 31
  • 5 - The Northern Sung Period 43
  • 6 - The Southern Sung Period 51
  • 7 - The Yüan Period 59
  • 8 - The Ming Period 65
  • 9 - The Ch'Ing Period 73
  • The Landscape Painting of Japan 79
  • 10 - The Beginnings of Landscape Painting in Japan 81
  • 11 - The Heian and Kamakura Periods 87
  • 12 - The Muromachi Period 95
  • 13 - The Momoyama Period 105
  • 14 - The Edo Period 111
  • 15 - Landscape Painters of the Ukiyo-E School 121
  • Notes 129
  • Bibliography 135
  • Index 139
  • Plates 145
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