Catalogue from the exhibition held at the: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York from 16 April to 29 June, 1980; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, from 17 August to 19 October, 1980; Cincinnati Art Museum, from 14 November to 4 January, 1981; and Portland Art Museum, from 23 January to 1 March, 1981.
"The art of the Meiji period in Japan reflects the complex historical, social, and artistic changes in that turbulent half century. Much can be learned therefore, about the emergence of modern Japan from this exhibition, and it is most appropriate that the National Endowment for the Humanities should take an interest in its formation.(.) Still traditional in its focus upon craftsmanship and time tested techniques, Meiji art nevertheless was new in its exuberant decorativeness, its lack of aesthetic restraint, and its enthusiastic adaptation of 19th century stylistic qualities from the West. In presenting this exhibition of the arts of the Meiji period, with its strong interpretative component, we hope to encourage understanding and appreciation of this remarkable and neglected development in Japanese imperial art." excerpt from the preface by Thomas W. Leavitt, Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.
Published by Herbert F. Jonhson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1980
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