Elegance in Japanese Art Book Review – Beautiful, Cultured, Refined, Exotic

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PIE International, already well known to Japanese book lovers, art historians, curators and Japanese art collectors as one of the nation's leading art book publishing houses, is quickly becoming equally well known through the Western world.

PIE, which is the acronym for Pretty, Impressive, Entertaining, is set to release five front list titles throughout North America, guaranteed to pique the interest of those for whom the Japanese culture and history offers intrigue, mystery and an unidentifiable destination of the imagination.

Elegance in Japanese Art: Edo Rinpa Bird and Flower Painting, authored by Momo Miyazaki, a specialist in Edo period painting and the curator of the Museum Yanoto Buckakan.


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Miyzaki In Elegance in Japanese Art offers an informative and visually lush introduction to the Rinpa school: one the major historical movements in Japanese art, established by the painter Ogata Korin in the 17th century and revived by Hoitsu Sakai in the 19th century Edo period.

Showcasing the Edo-Ripna style most famous works and revealing how this style has been passed on the evolved with more contemporary artists such as Kiitsu Suzuki, ShunsoHishida, and Sekka Kamisaka, Elegance in Japanese Art is a one-of-a kind arrival in the oversize art book landscape and one that will make a perfect holiday gift for any admirer of Japanese art culture and history.

In Elegance in Japanese Art the book explains "In Japan, there is an expression kachofugetsu ("flowers, birds, wind and moon"). Each is a beautiful symbol of nature and this phrase signifies the elegant taste for its appreciation."

Those whom nature speaks, whom see beauty in Spring's Cherry Blossoms, in the passing of seasons, in Falls palette of colors and winter's stark burial as the seasons pass will understand and appreciate the beauty of In Elegance in Japanese Art.


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Thinking to those moments when the expression of Japanese Art through visual representations, films, collections, museums, and remembers the elongated strokes behind the designs, the the delicate Cherry Blossoms, sliding Wall Panels, painted Kimonos, scrolls of seasonal interpretation. The book is begins with smaller images and progressive into wall panels and installation pieces. These types of works are what fill In Elegance in Japanese Art.

In traditional Japanese, symbol writing, with English translations each page describes the meaning of the work, in both Japanese and English, the symbolism of the image, where it is currently housed and the importance in tradition.

The title In Elegance in Japanese Art is self-explanatory as the work presented is elegant, sophisticated, graceful, cultured and refined. The complexity of the artistic expression, for those unskilled in its traditional development, the artist is taught by the master.

Elegance in Japanese Art: Edo Rinpa Bird and Flower Painting will be released November 1, 2018.

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