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Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: Kano Hogai and the Search for Images

Chelsea Foxwell


In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Western writers claimed to be witnessing the end of pure Japanese art and the beginning of a disappointing phase of westernized cultural hybrids. By the 1880s, Japanese artists, critics, and policymakers were aware of this claim and sought to respond by elevating contemporary Japanese art’s value and reputation abroad. Japanese painting embarked on a new phase of development as a bipartite endeavour. Illusionistic oil painting and other forms of recently introduced artistic techniques became known as yōga or Western painting, while earlier painting ... More

Keywords: nihonga, Meiji period, Kano Hōgai, Ernest Fenollosa, Okakura Kakuzō, bijutsu, Shibata Zeshin, Kawanabe Kyōsai, Japonisme, Japanese art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226110806
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226195971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chelsea Foxwell, author