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The World of Ito Jakuchu

The World of Ito Jakuchu

Classical Japanese Painter of All Things Great and Small in Nature

Sato Yasuhiro

Future Titles / Art & Design

To be published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-135-4 (Hardcover) | ** pages | 280mm (h) x 210mm (w) | 2020

※Information for this title is still tentative and subject to change prior to publication

About the Book

In 1760, when the Japanese painter Ito Jakuchu was working on his magnum opus, Plants and Animals in Color, he stated that it would probably take a thousand years for his paintings to be properly appreciated. This declaration was an expression of the unshakable confidence he had in the timeless artistic value of his work. As it turned out, however, the Japanese art world would long treat Jakuchu as a kind of eccentric, not as a principal figure in the art history of Japan.

Recently, however, this view of Jakuchu has begun to crumble. With the holding of large Jakuchu exhibitions in Japan and abroad, foreign art lovers and young Japanese untainted by older preconceptions have discovered a new freshness in the extraordinarily minute depictions of Jakuchu’s plants and animals. They have discovered that Jakuchu can have a bewitching effect on modern sensibilities.

Jakuchu lived during the eighteen century, the golden age of art in the Edo period (1603–1868), a time when some of the greatest artistic names vied for originality in the pictorial arts. Born into a family of vegetable retailers, Jakuchu developed an interest in painting and began his self-education in the art by studying the Kano style then predominant in Japan as well as old Chinese classics from the Yuan and Ming dynasties. He also studied the meticulously depicted bird-and-flower paintings of the Qing dynasty, and taking nature as his teacher, he began making thoroughgoing sketches of natural phenomena. He eventually established his own richly colored style of painting that portrayed the multitudinous plants and animals of the natural world. This style is firmly based on the Japanese art of his period and geographical area, but it also, as the author states, “marks a certain high point in the history of East Asian painting.”

The present book includes full-color illustrations of Jakuchu’s lifework (the thirty scrolls of Plants and Animals in Color) as well as other important paintings, arranged chronologically and accompanied by commentary from a variety of perspectives.

About the Author

SATO Yasuhiro

Sato Yasuhiro was born in Miyazaki prefecture in 1955. He served as a technical official at the Tokyo National Museum and at the Fine Arts Division of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. He will retire from his present position as Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2020. His principal areas of research are genre painting from the end of the Muromachi period in the sixteenth century to the beginning of the Edo period in the seventeenth as well Edo painters such as Jakuchu, Soga Shohaku, and nanga artists.

内容紹介

若冲の斬新で個性的な主要作品を選び、生涯に沿って配列し、さまざまな角度からの適切な解説を入れ、その魅力を解き明かす。
これまで若冲は異端の画家としてとらえられてきて、美術史の中でも十分な評価を得ていない傾向にあった。むしろ東アジアの花鳥画の歴史においてもはずすことができない存在であり、同時代の文献からも18世紀の京都画壇はきわめて創造的な場で、若冲は決して孤立した存在ではなかったことがわかる。本書は正しく若冲を知ってもらうための最適な入門書である。

著者紹介

佐藤康宏
1955年、宮崎県生まれ。東京国立博物館資料課、文化庁美術工芸課勤務を経て、現在、東京大学教授。主な研究分野は、室町時代末から江戸時代初めにかけての風俗画、また南画や伊藤若冲・曾我蕭白などの画家を中心にした江戸時代の絵画。

Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

もっと知りたい伊藤若冲―生涯と作品 改訂版

もっと知りたい伊藤若冲―生涯と作品 改訂版

佐藤康宏(著)

東京美術

2011/07/30

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