The Poetry of Nature

Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection

John T. Carpenter; With contributions by Midori Oka

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March 13, 2018
224 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 3/4
125 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588396549
PB-with Flaps

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

The Poetry of Nature offers an in-depth look at more than 40 extraordinary Japanese paintings that represent every major school and movement of the Edo period, including Kano, Rinpa, Nanga, Zen, Maruyama-Shijo, and Ukiyo-e. The unifying theme is a celebration of the natural world, expressed in varied forms, from the bold, graphic manner of Rinpa to the muted sensitivity of Nanga. Among the artists whose works are included are Ike Taiga (1723–1776), Maruyama Okyo (1733–1795), and Sakai Hoitsu (1761–1828). John T. Carpenter looks specifically at the intertwinement of painting and poetry, a Japanese artistic tradition that reached new heights during the Edo period.  In addition to new readings and translations of Japanese and Chinese poems, Carpenter sheds light on the ways in which Edo artists used verse to transform their paintings into a hybrid literary and visual art. 
 

John T. Carpenter is Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Midori Oka is associate director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Japanese Art at Columbia University. 
 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(02/27/18–09/23/18)

“This book offers an in-depth look at more than 40 Japanese paintings that represent every major school and movement of the Edo period, including Kano, Rinpa, Nanga, Zen, Maruyama-Shijo, and Ukiyo-e.” —Asian Art Newspaper
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Designing Nature

The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art

John T. Carpenter

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The Tale of Genji

A Japanese Classic Illuminated

John T. Carpenter and Melissa McCormick

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