ISBN-10:
0674023919
ISBN-13:
9780674023918
Pub. Date:
11/30/2006
Publisher:
Harvard
Japanese Art in Detail

Japanese Art in Detail

by John Reeve
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Overview

Beginning by asking, “What is Japanese art?” this book supplies an answer so broad in its reach, so rich in detail, and so extensively illustrated as to give a reader not just a true picture, but also a fine understanding, of Japanese art. Arranged thematically, the book includes chapters on nature and pleasure, landscape and beauty, all framed by the themes of serenity and turmoil, the two poles of Japanese culture ancient and modern. Highlighting—close up and in color—outstanding examples of design and craft in prints, paintings and screens, metalwork, ceramics, wood, stone, and lacquer, Japanese Art in Detail presents each image alongside enlarged details—details that otherwise might be virtually invisible to the naked eye—thus affording intriguing comparisons between seemingly unrelated pieces. Throughout, John Reeve provides cultural context while pointing out exceptional features.

Though drawn from one extraordinary source—the British Museum—the specific objects pictured here are representative of many others in public and private collections worldwide, and offer a clear idea, both broad and particular, of what constitutes Japanese art. Most of these images, as well as many of those mentioned, are accessible electronically through the British Museum's online database, as are several tours linked to recent exhibits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674023918
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Series: Art in Detail , #6
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 8.46(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Reeve was Head of Education at the British Museum for many years, specializing in the Asian collections. He is now an international museum consultant and Lecturer in Art, Design, & Museology at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is the author of Living Arts of Japan and the British Museum Visitor’s Guide.

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Ixachel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Japanese Art in Detail, by John Reeve, is a small but beautiful collection of Japanese artwork spanning the centuries. It covers everything from woodblock prints to ceramics, sculpture to theatrical N¿ masks.It starts with the question ¿There are many books on Japanese art, so why another one?¿ and goes on to explain that this book is an introduction of sorts, and no prior knowledge of Japanese art is necessary. I agree wholeheartedly with this answer. Anyone going in without previously studying Japanese art will have no trouble understanding and appreciating it. The book is divided into themes and in the beginning of each, we are given an explanation of the theme and how it relates to Japanese art. The reader is then given brief histories and descriptions all throughout the book. These passages, though short, are very informative and help in the comprehension of the work being shown. As for the actual art...the selection is wonderful! The book is in full color and the images are very sharp and lively. The title of the book is very apt¿the level of detail shown is just astounding. We get to see each work both in its entirety and as a close-up of a section. These close-ups truly add to the appreciation of each piece, as we can see the amount of work and expertise that went into it. This book is great for anyone interested in Japanese art and culture, or just art in general. The collection is beautiful, informative, and covers a wide range of themes and periods. I definitely recommend it!
Ixachel More than 1 year ago
Japanese Art in Detail, by John Reeve, is a small but beautiful collection of Japanese artwork spanning the centuries. It covers everything from woodblock prints to ceramics, sculpture to theatrical N' masks. It starts with the question "There are many books on Japanese art, so why another one?" and goes on to explain that this book is an introduction of sorts, and no prior knowledge of Japanese art is necessary. I agree wholeheartedly with this answer. Anyone going in without previously studying Japanese art will have no trouble understanding and appreciating it. The book is divided into themes and in the beginning of each, we are given an explanation of the theme and how it relates to Japanese art. The reader is then given brief histories and descriptions all throughout the book. These passages, though short, are very informative and help in the comprehension of the work being shown. As for the actual art...the selection is wonderful! The book is in full color and the images are very sharp and lively. The title of the book is very apt--the level of detail shown is just astounding. We get to see each work both in its entirety and as a close-up of a section. These close-ups truly add to the appreciation of each piece, as we can see the amount of work and expertise that went into it. This book is great for anyone interested in Japanese art and culture, or just art in general. The collection is beautiful, informative, and covers a wide range of themes and periods. I definitely recommend it!