Uragami Gyokudo (1745-1820) was captivated by the tradition of the Chinese literati and strove to cultivate each of their high-falutin aesthetic pastimes--painting, calligraphy, poetry, and the 7-string zither ch'in-- eventually resigning his comfortable government position to become a wandering scholar-artist. Though Gyokudo has been recognized by Japanese art historians in this century as an important painter, much less attention has been paid to his work in other fields. The difficulties inherent in assessing such a multi-faceted character are extreme even for a Japanese scholar, for whom the studied archaism and foreignness are formidable barriers, compounded by Gyokudo's eccentric and quirky styles. One is hardly surprised, therefore, to learn that Addiss's work on Gyokudo is uniqueertainly in English, probably in any language, since book-length Japanese studies of Gyokudo have been either biographical or devoted to his nonmusical work. We are thus much in debt to Addiss for this remarkable work, the fruit of arduous preparation, which allows us at long last to meet and properly appreciate the fascinating artist-musician first glimpsed tantalizingly as item 14 in van Gulik's survey of Japanese performers on the Chinese chin (1968:237 38). Addiss introduces us to his subject with a sensitive biographical essay covering Gyokudo's career and its context in the political and artistic history of Tokugawa, Japan. Individual chapters then explore each of Gyokudo's art forms, in roughly chronological order: music, poetry, calligraphy, painting. An Afterword serves to summarize, and takes a first sounding of Gyokudo's general aesthetic principles.
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Description du livre University of Hawaii Press, 1987. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110824810392
Description du livre University of Hawaii Press, 1987. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0824810392
Description du livre University of Hawaii Press, 1987. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 824810392
Description du livre University of Hawaii Press, 1987. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0824810392