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Author Aviman, Galit, 1970-

Title Zen paintings in Edo Japan (1600-1868) : playfulness and freedom in the artwork of Hakuin Ekaku and Sengai Gibon / Galit Aviman
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2016


Description 1 online resource (180 pages)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Playing with Words and Images; 1 Evolution Towards Zen Paintings in the Edo Period; 2 An Independent Artistic Language; 3 Liberation From Rules; 4 Letting Go of Common Conceptions; 5 Emancipation from Social Conventions; 6 Humor as an Expression of Freedom; Conclusion: Ultimate Freedom; Bibliography; Index; Plates
Summary "In Zen Buddhism, the concept of freedom is of profound importance. And yet, until now there has been no in-depth study of the manifestation of this liberated attitude in the lives and artwork of Edo period Zen monk-painters. This book explores the playfulness and free-spirited attitude reflected in the artwork of two prominent Japanese Zen monk-painters: Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837). The free attitude emanating from their paintings is one of the qualities which distinguish Edo period Zen paintings from those of earlier periods. These paintings are part of a Zen ink painting tradition that began following the importation of Zen Buddhism from China at the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185-1333). In this study, Aviman elaborates on the nature of this particular artistic expression and identifies its sources, focusing on the lives of the monk-painters and their artwork. The author applies a multifaceted approach, combining a holistic analysis of the paintings, i.e. as interrelated combination of text and image, with a contextualization of the works within the specific historical, art historical, cultural, social and political environments in which they were created."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-160) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hakuin, 1686-1769 -- Criticism and interpretation
Sengai, 1751-1837 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Hakuin, 1686-1769 fast
Sengai, 1751-1837 fast
Subject Ink painting, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868.
Calligraphy, Japanese -- History -- Edo period, 1600-1868.
Zen painting -- Japan
Zen calligraphy -- Japan
ART -- Asian -- Japanese.
Calligraphy, Japanese -- Edo period
Ink painting, Japanese -- Edo period
Zen calligraphy
Zen painting
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781351536110