Synopses & Reviews
Beginning by asking, "What is Japanese art?" this book supplies an answer so broad in its reach, so rich in detail, and so extensively illustrated as to give a reader not just a true picture, but also a fine understanding, of Japanese art. Arranged thematically, the book includes chapters on nature and pleasure, landscape and beauty, all framed by the themes of serenity and turmoil, the two poles of Japanese culture ancient and modern. Highlighting--close up and in color--outstanding examples of design and craft in prints, paintings and screens, metalwork, ceramics, wood, stone, and lacquer, Japanese Art in Detail
presents each image alongside enlarged details--details that otherwise might be virtually invisible to the naked eye--thus affording intriguing comparisons between seemingly unrelated pieces. Throughout, John Reeve provides cultural context while pointing out exceptional features.
Though drawn from one extraordinary source--the British Museum--the specific objects pictured here are representative of many others in public and private collections worldwide, and offer a clear idea, both broad and particular, of what constitutes Japanese art. Most of these images, as well as many of those mentioned, are accessible electronically through the British Museum's online database, as are several tours linked to recent exhibits.
Vivid and crisp illustrations and clear texts make each entry in the thematically organized volume come to life. The glossary, chronology, and list of further reading make[s] [Japanese Art in Detail] particularly helpful for novices, but the rich full-color images will charm aficionados as well...[It] will reward repeated reading and viewing. H. Berry
Compiled thematically to explore the familiar themes of landscapes, wars, and beauty, this book, one of a series, brings us superb examples of traditional Japanese art. Through paintings, sketches, sculpture, and lacquer boxes, the richness of Japanese technique is revealed in each medium. The reproductions bring out the remarkable detail in an embroidered kimono and the intensity and serenity of the vivid colours deployed by the artists. It's a jewel for all lovers of Japanese art and the perfect introduction to an influential art form. Globe and Mail
Beginning by asking, "What is Japanese art?" this book supplies an answer so broad in its reach, so rich in detail, and so extensively illustrated that it gives a reader not just a true picture but also a fine understanding of Japanese art. Arranged thematically, the book includes chapters on nature and pleasure, landscape and beauty, all framed by the themes of serenity and turmoil, the two poles of Japanese culture ancient and modern.
About the Author
John Reeve was Head of Education at the British Museum for many years, specializing in the Asian collections. He is now an international museum consultant and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education in London. He is the author of Living Arts of Japan and the British Museum Visitor's Guide.