By Donald Richie
This provocative publication is a tractate—a treatise—on attractiveness in eastern paintings, written within the demeanour of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging collection of rules that “follow the brush” anywhere it leads. Donald Richie seems at how perceptual values in Japan have been drawn from uncooked nature after which changed via based expressions of sophistication and flavor. He explains aesthetic techniques like wabi, sabi, conscious, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in artwork and cinema today.
Donald Richie is the key explorer of jap tradition in English, and this paintings is the end result of sixty years of gazing and writing from his domestic in Tokyo.
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This minor change of title may well be significant, for Gautier’s tone is derisive when he speaks of Chinese art while he greatly admires Chinese objects—the porcelain, furniture, and other luxury goods that are ordinarily found on the “industrial” side of the exposition. He begins his article with the usual tired stereotypes of the Chinese as an ancient but “immobile” people who “have invented everything and perfected nothing; they understood the compass, gunpowder, printing, gas, long before the rest of the world had any idea of these precious discoveries” (130).
Authenticity,” an emphasis on the collectivity, content over form, and the expression of an unchanging national “core,” while the emerging modernism valued individual expression, form over content, and newness. But she ignores Baudelaire’s more radical delineation of the “cosmopolitan” as an aesthetic which would open the door to non-European aesthetic norms that modernism would, to some degree, embrace. Michel Brix argues that Baudelaire comes out of a second romantic tradition, following Stendhal, in opposing the Platonist idea of a single, absolute Beauty inextricably tied to the Good and the True, articulating instead the notion of relative beauties and of an aesthetic based on sense experience as expressive of feelings and the moral.
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