Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | September 2, 2014

    Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



    David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$42.50
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
3 Remote Warehouse Art- General

The Shogun's Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760-1829 (Envisioning Asia)

by

The Shogun's Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760-1829 (Envisioning Asia) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this penetrating analysis of a little-explored area of Japanese cultural history, Timon Screech reassesses the career of the chief minister Matsudaira Sadanobu, who played a key role in defining what we think of as Japanese culture today. Aware of how visual representations could support or undermine regimes, Sadanobu promoted painting to advance his own political aims and improve the shogunate's image. As an antidote to the hedonistic ukiyo-e, or floating world, tradition, which he opposed, Sadanobu supported attempts to construct a new approach to painting modern life. At the same time, he sought to revive historical and literary painting, favouring such artists as the flamboyant, innovative Maruyama Okyo. After the city of Kyoto was destroyed by fire in 1788, its reconstruction provided the stage for the renewal of Japan's iconography of power, the consummation of the 'shogun's painted culture'.

 

“Screechs ideas are fascinating, often brilliant, and well grounded. . . . [Shoguns Painted Culture] presents a thorough analysis of aspects of the early modern Japanese world rarely observed in such detail and never before treated to such an eloquent handling in the English language.”—CAA Reviews

“[A] stylishly written and provocative cultural history.”—Monumenta Nipponica

 

“As in his admirable Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820, Screech lavishes learning and scholarly precision, but remains colloquial in thought and eminently readable.”—Japan Times

 

Timon Screech is Senior Lecturer in the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, and Senior Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He is the author of several books on Japanese history and culture, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 (Reaktion, 1999).

Synopsis:

The Shogun's Painted Culture analyzes Japanese culture prior to contact with Europe. Japan's ruling elite used an "iconography of absence" to portray themselves as, literally, unseeable. As European contact increased, Matsudaira Sadanobu, the Shogun's chief minister during this period, sought to codify Japanese culture before it was overwhelmed. Sadanobu was so successful, Screech argues, that he can be thought of as defining Japanese culture as we know it today.

Synopsis:

In this penetrating analysis of a little-explored area of Japanese cultural history, Timon Screech reassesses the career of the chief minister Matsudaira Sadanobu, who played a key role in defining what we think of as Japanese culture today. Aware of how visual representations could support or undermine regimes, Sadanobu promoted painting to advance his own political aims and improve the shogunate's image. As an antidote to the hedonistic ukiyo-e, or floating world, tradition, which he opposed, Sadanobu supported attempts to construct a new approach to painting modern life. At the same time, he sought to revive historical and literary painting, favouring such artists as the flamboyant, innovative Maruyama Okyo. After the city of Kyoto was destroyed by fire in 1788, its reconstruction provided the stage for the renewal of Japan's iconography of power, the consummation of the 'shogun's painted culture'. “Screech’s ideas are fascinating, often brilliant, and well grounded. . . . [Shogun’s Painted Culture] presents a thorough analysis of aspects of the early modern Japanese world rarely observed in such detail and never before treated to such an eloquent handling in the English language.”—CAA Reviews“[A] stylishly written and provocative cultural history.”—Monumenta Nipponica “As in his admirable Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820, Screech lavishes learning and scholarly precision, but remains colloquial in thought and eminently readable.”—Japan Times Timon Screech is Senior Lecturer in the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, and Senior Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He is the author of several books on Japanese history and culture, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700–1820 (Reaktion, 1999).

About the Author

Timon Screech is Senior Lecturer in the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, and Senior Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He is the author of several books on Japanese history and culture, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 (Reaktion, 1999).

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroduction1. Matsudaira Sadanobu and the Domestic Dilemma2. Sugita Genpaku and the Dismemberment of the Present3. Image Management for Royal Power4. Okyo's 'New Concept'5. Boundaries for a CentreReferencesSelect BibliographyPhotographic AcknowledgementsIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861890641
Author:
Screech, Timon
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Art
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Art and state
Subject:
Art, japanese
Subject:
Painting - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Techniques - Painting
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Envisioning Asia
Series Volume:
135
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Asia and Far East
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Painting » General
History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » Ancient and Tokugawa to 1868
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » General

The Shogun's Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760-1829 (Envisioning Asia) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$42.50 In Stock
Product details 312 pages Reaktion Books - English 9781861890641 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Shogun's Painted Culture analyzes Japanese culture prior to contact with Europe. Japan's ruling elite used an "iconography of absence" to portray themselves as, literally, unseeable. As European contact increased, Matsudaira Sadanobu, the Shogun's chief minister during this period, sought to codify Japanese culture before it was overwhelmed. Sadanobu was so successful, Screech argues, that he can be thought of as defining Japanese culture as we know it today.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this penetrating analysis of a little-explored area of Japanese cultural history, Timon Screech reassesses the career of the chief minister Matsudaira Sadanobu, who played a key role in defining what we think of as Japanese culture today. Aware of how visual representations could support or undermine regimes, Sadanobu promoted painting to advance his own political aims and improve the shogunate's image. As an antidote to the hedonistic ukiyo-e, or floating world, tradition, which he opposed, Sadanobu supported attempts to construct a new approach to painting modern life. At the same time, he sought to revive historical and literary painting, favouring such artists as the flamboyant, innovative Maruyama Okyo. After the city of Kyoto was destroyed by fire in 1788, its reconstruction provided the stage for the renewal of Japan's iconography of power, the consummation of the 'shogun's painted culture'. “Screech’s ideas are fascinating, often brilliant, and well grounded. . . . [Shogun’s Painted Culture] presents a thorough analysis of aspects of the early modern Japanese world rarely observed in such detail and never before treated to such an eloquent handling in the English language.”—CAA Reviews“[A] stylishly written and provocative cultural history.”—Monumenta Nipponica “As in his admirable Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820, Screech lavishes learning and scholarly precision, but remains colloquial in thought and eminently readable.”—Japan Times Timon Screech is Senior Lecturer in the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, and Senior Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He is the author of several books on Japanese history and culture, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700–1820 (Reaktion, 1999).
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.