Through the Seasons

Japanese Art in Nature

Miyeko Murase

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The arts of Japan have been inextricably linked with nature, whether through traditional themes of seasonal change or through objects whose shape, materials, or decorative elements evoke natural motifs. This book provides an overview of the history of Japanese paintings of nature, demonstrating not only the importance of seasonal imagery but also the range of painting styles popular during the period from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries.

 

Published to accompany an exhibition at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center, Through the Seasons features a broad range of works from the rich Edo period (1615–1868). Included are magnificent large screen paintings and hanging scrolls by Yosa Buson, Suzuki Kiitsu, and Ikeda Koson. A selection of contemporary ceramics, many never before published, reflects how today’s artisans have adapted the traditional aesthetic.

 

The handsomely produced volume features stunning color photography of all works in the exhibition, including spectacular gate-folds of the large-scale screens.

Miyeko Murase is former Special Consultant for Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Professor Emerita at Columbia University.


EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (6/7/09 – 10/18/09)

"This book provides an overview of the history of Japanese paintings of nature, demonstrating both the importance of seasonal imagery and the range of painting styles popular during the period from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries." —The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles
ISBN: 9780300141887
Publication Date: August 4, 2009
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
84 pages, 9 1/4 x 9
25 color illus., including 3 gatefolds