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The Art of Japan

Chitralekha Singh (Author)
Synopsis This fascinating and colourful book provides a concise guide to the History of Art in Japan, from the earliest times to the present day. From the cave art of primitive man in Japan, we move to the flowering of art in Japan in UKIYO - E prints of international fame. Whereas the art of painting has been delt with in greater comprehensive details, progress on other arts has been briefly, but substantially, described through the ages. Commencing with the geographical and historical background, arts in far eastern country Japan, have been described, according to the ruling periods. In each ruling period (chapters III-XI), alongwith the progress in the art of painting, socio economic culture has been referred to. Chapters XII-XIII have been devoted to the technical aspects of the art of painting; the great masters through different periods, their techniques, important works, their organisation and different art schools. The art of Japan, though maintaining its individuality, influence from outside art was exherted on it; from Turkestan, India, China, Korea and vis-a vis the art of Japan greatly influenced the artists of Europe and America, has been shown in chapter XIV. TOKIYO-E prints being the most brilliant, impressive and renowned, technique of Japan, has been described in details, as a speciality in the appendix. The book will be useful to the students of art and of history; will be of interest to the artists, art educators, connoisseurs, art galleries, museums, historians and archaeologists.
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About the author

Chitralekha Singh

Dr. (Mrs.) Chitralekha Singh (born 1945) is an artist, art-educationist and has the rare distinction of being the first India lady to be awarded D. Litt in drawing and painting. She has a brilliant academic career, M.A. in drawing and painting, specialization in advanced composition, Ph.D (1974) and D. Litt (1984). An active participant in National exhibitions, art workshops, seminars and faculty activities, she is a prolific writer, contributed 20 research papers and published two books: ‘Chini Chitrakala’ and a classic two volume set ‘Paintings of Siva in Indian Art’. She is the sub-editor of Art Journal ‘TRIA’. She was selected as a research associate by University Grants Commission and represented India under Indo-Italian Cultural Programme (1988). She undertakes research work continuously and is a research guide in many universities. Twelve scholars have been awarded Ph.D under her guidance.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Art of Japan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8124201110
length 132p., Plates; Map; Appendix; Bibliography.