Japan Art History ~ 204 slides ~ Japanese Art
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This is a complete presentation on Japanese Art History which is highly visual and thoroughly annotated. My preview is 20 of the slides in the presentation for you to download. This will give you the best idea of what the product is like. There are also 4 pop up thumbnails which go with this listing and the below text excerpt.This is not just the older Japanese art. The presentation includes both the old and the new. It also thoroughly covers Japan's artistic intersection with the West.
The history of Japanese art is an enormous body of work. It is daunting to even pursue the seemingly endless periods and epochs of it. Students benefit by obtaining an overview of what the Japanese have achieved overall and comparing it with the West’s achievements. This presentation fills that need.
Until the late 15th century, Japanese religious and secular arts both flourished. In the 16th century to date, Japan’s focus turned to secular art.
Most Japanese sculpture is associated with religion. When Japanese art turned away from religious art, sculpture appeared instead in their ceramics. Their ceramics are among the finest in the world.
Japanese art is considered to include these forms by Westerners:
ancient pottery, ceramic sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, kiri-e, kirigami, origami, and manga—modern Japanese cartooning and comics.
Japanese art covers much more but the foregoing are familiar to most in the West.
Japanese art follows the longstanding history of isolationism practiced by the island. This isolation was periodically torn apart by invasions of Japan. These were invasions of every sort, not just the military ones. Ideas invaded Japan as well.
Because of these periodic invasions, the Japanese became expert on absorbing, imitating, and then assimilating everything and making it one with their own existing art tastes.
Japan does not make a distinction between 'fine art' and 'decorative art’. Western art has done so since the Renaissance. This makes it easier to be more fluid in what one considers “good enough art” to spend one’s time on pursuing. Some media forms are disdained in the West because they are not “fine art.” Japanese artists do not encumber themselves with this idea.
The most traditional art form is for artists to paint with black ink and color on paper or silk. This tradition continues through to today. Painting has always been important to Japanese art. The Japanese used to write with a brush instead of a pen. Thus, they have a longstanding affinity with the nuances of brushwork.
But the familiar Western format of the artist painting upright on an easel is merely a modern option, not the tradition. The illustrated, narrative handscroll was an important development in Japanese painting. They came in about 1130 AD, with the illustrated Tale of Genji.
This is a novel in a painting form which deals with the life and loves of Genji. These paintings became livelier and more animated over time. The paintings were characterized by rapidly executed brush strokes using thin, vibrant colors. This made it a natural progression for the Japanese to eventually excel in animation and magna. The West’s approach to painting did not use these illustrated, narrative handscrolls.
In the later part of the 19th century Japanese woodcuts made their way to the West and were a huge influence upon the artists there. Vincent Van Gogh, just for one, immediately made his own versions of these art works and collected the Japanese ones.
Japanese art was hugely affected by the end of World War II in 1945. Art from 1603 to 1945 was supported by merchants. In 1945, this changed to art being supported by people as consumers. It joined the West with this change.
Art was thereafter supported by the Japanese people and promoted by the government. It soon added on performance art, installation art, conceptual art, and wearable art. The art of photography and film were huge in Japan as well.
American art and architecture were a big influence upon Japan after 1945. But the artists in postwar Tokyo first used French Surrealism for inspiration instead of New York’s then flourishing Abstract Expressionism.
The Japanese excelled in the newer art forms of graphic design, commercial art, video game graphics and concept art. While some Japanese artists stuck to the native media and styles, others eagerly took up Western oil paints and other new-to-them media.
Today, Japanese artists can be as international and as varied in their styles and media as they choose to be. They have participated in every area of the arts and typically excelled at them.
The chronological visual presentation which follows gives the student an overview of the vast body of art available under the moniker of “Japanese Art.”