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Japanese Art and Ukiyo-e: The Chushingura

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The Chushingura by toshidama Maybe cultures choose the myths that suit their times or maybe it is the myth that inexorably shapes the culture which proceeds them. Either way there can be little doubt that myth and legend underpinned the culture of the late Edo period Japan in formative, disruptive and fundamental ways. Chief amongst […]

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Japanese and European Art: Pierre Bonnard and Yasui Sotaro

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Japanese and European Art: Pierre Bonnard and Yasui Sotaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) bless the art world because of their respective creativity. Yasui Sotaro was born in the cultural city of Kyoto and just like Pierre Bonnard, the vibrant culture of Paris would play an important […]

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Trial and Tribulations of Artemisia Gentileschi: Italian Art, the Catholic World and Rape

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Trial and Tribulations of Artemisia Gentileschi: Italian Art, the Catholic World and Rape  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) was a female painter in a world dominated by men. This intriguing artist also highlights certain aspects about Catholic culture in Italy in this period of history. Her life also highlights the trial […]

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Art, chaos and Meiji modernity in Japan: The world of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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Art, chaos and Meiji modernity in Japan: The world of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not only the Edo Period and Meiji Period but also to a chaotic lifestyle. However, despite this, Yoshitoshi produced stunning art and he was […]

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French Art and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Sexuality, Subculture and Yoshiwara in old Tokyo

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French Art and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Sexuality, Subculture and Yoshiwara in old Tokyo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was known for appreciating the power of Japanese ukiyo-e. Likewise the bohemian and often seedy aspect of Montmartre appealed to him greatly. Therefore, it is more than conceivable that […]

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Japanese Folklore and Art: The Spirits of the Tsukumogami and the Umbrella Ghost

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Japanese Folklore and Art: The Spirits of the Tsukumogami and the Umbrella Ghost Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese folklore is full of fascinating spirits which have a wide variety of power. Some spirits and ghosts may be extremely dangerous while others may be much less harmless. The Kasa-obake (One Legged Umbrella Ghost) is […]

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Japanese Women in Art in Imperial Kyoto: Sukenobu

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Japanese Women in Art in Imperial Kyoto: Sukenobu Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750) gave the world of ukiyo-e another dimension because of his upbringing and being based in the imperial city of Kyoto. This meant that the world of Nishikawa Sukenobu was very different when compared with the majority of ukiyo-e […]

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Art Environment of Paris: Pierre Bonnard the le Nabi tres Japonard and Yasui Sotaro

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Art Environment of Paris: Pierre Bonnard the le Nabi tres Japonard and Yasui Sotaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) bless the art world because of their respective creativity. Yasui Sotaro was born in the cultural city of Kyoto and just like Pierre Bonnard the vibrant culture of […]

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Ukiyo-e Artist Keisai Eisen and the World That Made Him Tick

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Ukiyo-e Artist Keisai Eisen and the World That Made Him Tick Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Keisai Eisen highlights the many mass complexities of ukiyo-e within his own character. This applies to the massive complexity of the art he produced and the reality of the real world that he belonged to. Therefore, […]

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Roy Lichtenstein at the Tate: the Quest for Authenticity?

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Roy Lichtenstein at the Tate: the Quest for Authenticity? By toshidama   The retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Roy Lichtenstein dominates the London art scene this month, with posters and billboards, plastic bags and T-shirts everywhere. Lichtenstein occupies a peculiar position in recent art history: less respected than his contemporaries Jasper Johns  and Robert Rauschenberg; and less famous […]

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