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Catalogue of the first U.S. exhibition of one of the most important Japanese artists. A wonderful book with full colour images, accompanied by an explanatory text.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harry N Abrams; 1st edition (November 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810935007
- ISBN-13: 978-0810935006
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
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After longing for this collection of one of Japan’s most underrated artists (at least here in the U.S) for some time, and being unable to find an affordable copy, I finally found one that I could afford!
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Exquisite, sophisticated, masterful drawings and paintings by a genius. Ingenious compositions of form, color, space, and mood that depict the marvels of nature, animals, and human beings. Awe inspiring, profound and playful images that resonate with power and tenderness. Jakuchu is an inspiration for those artists intent on seeing and describing the world around them in fresh, uncommon ways.
Nice collection of Jakuchu works!
An artist for all seasons
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This slim volume is the catalogue of an exhibit of a number of years ago held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art of scrolls and other painted works of the 18th century Japanese artist Jakuchu. Viewing this exhibit, which was held for a sadly short period of time in two different installments and was not widely publicized (because the owners who lent these delicate works did not want to expose them to any unnecessary risk of excessive light or excessive crowds creating an unacceptable level of humidity), was one of the most moving and unforgettable encounters with great art I have experienced. Jakuchi could apparently do anything–scrolls in the zen style which appeared to have been created with a single stroke of the brush, lavishly colored natural history renderings of plant and animal life, folding screens of incredible complexity created from joining innumerable tiny squares, wonderful representations of common objects such as vegetables rendered in ink with the greatest economy–it was an astonishing display of virtuosity and comprehension of life. Had an artist of Jakuchu’s ability and talents worked in 18th century Europe, his name would surely be a household word as common as Rembrandt’s. I purchased a hard-cover copy of this book from Amazon because the copy of the catalogue I acquired at the exhibit was absolutely worn out from repeated viewings and showings to others. I was surprised that copies could still be obtained. I believe this is one of two significant monographs on Jakuchu in English. The other one can be had for several hundred dollars.
Jakuchu is a great artist
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Jakuchu was a great artist and has been over shadowed by more well known Japanese painters/printmakers. Judging from the many wonderful reproductions in this book, his colors and designs of animals and plants are exquisite! Also, this is the only biography of Jakuchu of which I’m aware.