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John James Audubon: The Watercolors for the Birds of America
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John James Audubon: The Watercolors for the Birds of America

By Annette Blaugrund & Theodore E. Stebbins

John James Audubon: The Watercolors for the Birds of America, Edited by Annette Blaugrund & Theodore E. Stebbins, Published by Villard Books, Random House For the New York Historical Society, First Edition Paperback, 1993. ---- Very Good Condition. The book is clean, securely bound, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, crisp inner pages, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Some light signs of surface wear from use, storage and handling, including a very faint water mark on the cover top edge. Free USA Shipping ---- John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species. The Birds of America contains illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in Edinburgh and London. Not all of the specimens illustrated in the work were collected by Audubon himself, some were sent to him by John Kirk Townsend who had collected them on Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth's 1834 expedition with Thomas Nuttall. The work consists of 435 hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates, measuring around 39 by 26 inches (99 by 66 cm). It includes images of six now-extinct birds: Carolina parakeet, passenger pigeon, Labrador duck, great auk, Eskimo curlew, and pinnated grouse. Art historians describe Audubon's work as being of high quality and printed with "artistic finesse." The plant life backgrounds of some 50 of the bird studies were painted by Audubon's assistant Joseph Mason but he is not credited for his work in the book. He shot many specimen birds as well as transporting and maintaining supplies for Audubon. Audubon also authored the companion book Ornithological Biographies.

$17.99

The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings
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The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings

By J. Hillier

The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings, Catalogue Compiled by J. Hillier, Boston Book and Art Publishers, 1970, 1st Edition2 Hardcover Volumes in Brown Cloth Slipcase, Gold Gilded Edges and Text, Volume 1 Genre Ukiyo-e school (excluding Hokusai and his school and Hiroshige); Volume 2 Hokusai and his school and Hiroshige ---- Near Fine. The books are clean, secure bindings, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, crisp inner pages, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. The slipcase is clean, tight, intact and solid with some light edge and surface wear. Free USA Shipping ---- Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. The term ukiyo-e translates as "picture[s] of the floating world". Edo (modern Tokyo) became the seat of government for the military dictatorship in the early 17th century. The merchant class at the bottom of the social order benefited most from the city's rapid economic growth. Many indulged in the entertainments of kabuki theatre, courtesans, and geisha of the pleasure districts. The term ukiyo ("floating world") came to describe this hedonistic lifestyle. Printed or painted ukiyo-e images of this environment emerged in the late 17th century and were popular with the merchant class, who had become wealthy enough to afford to decorate their homes with them.

$69.99

Giuseppe Castiglione: A Jesuit Painter at the Court of the Chinese Emperors
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Giuseppe Castiglione: A Jesuit Painter at the Court of the Chinese Emperors

By Cecile and Michel Beurdeley

Giuseppe Castiglione: A Jesuit Painter at the Court of the Chinese Emperors By Cecile and Michel Beurdeley, Translated by Michael Bullock, Published by Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Dust Jacket, 1971 ---- Very Good Condition. The book and dust jacket are clean, secure binding, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, crisp inner pages, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Some light signs of dust jacket wear and fading from use, storage and handling. Please review pictures for greater detail. Free USA Shipping ---- Giuseppe Castiglione (1688 – 1766), was an Italian Jesuit father and missionary in China, where he served as an artist at the imperial court of three emperors – the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. He painted in a style that is a fusion of European and Chinese traditions. While in China, Castiglione took the name Lang Shining. Castiglione adapted his Western painting style to Chinese themes and taste. His earliest surviving painting created in such style was from the first year of Yongzheng's reign in 1723. Although Castaglione was favoured by Yongzheng who commissioned a number of works by him, Yongzheng's reign was a difficult period for Jesuits as Christianity was suppressed and those missionaries not working for the emperor were expelled. His skill as an artist was appreciated by the Qianlong Emperor, and Castiglione served the Emperor for three decades and was granted increasingly higher official rank within the Qing court. He spent many years in the court painting various subjects, including the portraits of the emperor and empress. Qianlong showed particularly interest in paintings of tribute horses presented to Emperor on which Castiglione painted a series. Castiglione died in Beijing in 17 July 1766. An obituary was personally penned by Qianlong, who also erected a special stone in Castiglione's memory.

$49.99

Nanga Paintings
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Nanga Paintings

By Stephen Addiss

Nanga Paintings, Catalogue by Stephen Addiss, Published by Robert G. Sawers, 1st Edition, Hardcover, 1975. Contents: Pioneers - Taiga and His Followers - Buson and His Followers - Painters in Ise, Kyushu and Edo - The Conservative Generation in Kyoto - Late Edo and Early Meiji Masters. 8.5" X 12" hardcover with illustrated paper covered boards. ---- Very Good Condition. The book is clean, secure binding, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, crisp inner pages, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Some light signs of surface wear from use, storage and handling. Free USA Shipping --- Nanga ("Southern painting"), also known as Bunjinga (文人画 "literati painting"), was a school of Japanese painting which flourished in the late Edo period among artists who considered themselves literati, or intellectuals. While each of these artists was, almost by definition, unique and independent, they all shared an admiration for traditional Chinese culture. Their paintings, usually in monochrome black ink, sometimes with light color, and nearly always depicting Chinese landscapes or similar subjects, were patterned after Chinese literati painting, called wenrenhua (文人画) in Chinese.

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John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist
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John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist

By Trevor Fairbrother

John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist by Trevor Fairbrother. Publisher: Yale University Press/Seattle Art Museum; 1st Edition (2000) Hardcover: 228 pages: English ---- Like New. No discernible signs of any wear. The book and dust jacket are clean, secure binding, crisp inner pages, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Free USA Shipping ---- In this beautiful book, Trevor Fairbrother argues that viewing John Singer Sargent as a sensualist connects otherwise conflicting elements of his oeuvre and offers a new interpretation of his life and work. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of the artist's oils, watercolors, and sketches, and it includes a little-known series of expressive charcoal drawings of male nudes, here published together in color for the first time.Published in association with the Seattle Art Museum

$39.99

The Lyric Journey: Poetic Painting in China and Japan
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The Lyric Journey: Poetic Painting in China and Japan

By James Cahill

The Lyric Journey: Poetic Painting in China and Japan By James Cahill. Series: The Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures. Harvard University Press, 1996, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Dust Jacket. Contents: Introduction; In Southern Sung Hangchou; In Late Ming Suchou; In Edo-Period Japan; Notes; Bibliography ---- Like New. The book has no discernible signs of any wear. The dust jacket is in almost new condition with some very light surface and edge wear. Both the book and dust jacket are clean, secure binding, crisp inner pages, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, no stains, no ripped pages, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Free USA Shipping ----- Creating paintings with poetic resonances, sometimes with ties to specific lines of poetry, is a practice that began in China in the eleventh century, the Northern Sung period. Cahill vividly surveys its first great flowering among artists working in the Southern Sung capital of Hangchou, probably the largest and certainly the richest city on earth in this era. He shows us the revival of poetic painting by late Ming artists working in the prosperous city of Suchou. And we learn how artists in Edo-period Japan, notably the eighteenth-century Nanga masters and the painter and haiku poet Yosa Buson, transformed the style into a uniquely Japanese vehicle of expression. In all cases, Cahill shows, poetic painting flourished in crowded urban environments; it accompanied an outpouring of poetry celebrating the pastoral, escape from the city, immersion in nature. An ideal of the return to a life close to nature--the "lyric journey"--underlies many of the finest, most moving paintings of China and Japan, and offers a key for understanding them.

$74.99

Zen Painting & Calligraphy
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Zen Painting & Calligraphy

By Money L. Hickman & Jan Fontein

Zen Painting & Calligraphy by Money L. Hickman & Jan Fontein. Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1971) Softcover: 173 pages: English ---- Very Good Condition. The book is clean, uncreased spine, secure binding, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, crisp inner pages, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Some light signs of surface wear from use, storage and handling. Free USA Shipping ---- An exhibition of works of art lent by temples, private collectors, and public and private museums in Japan, organized in collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government. Today, ink monochrome painting is the art form most closely associated with Zen Buddhism. In general, the first Japanese artists to work in this medium were Zen monks who painted in a quick and evocative manner to express their religious views and personal convictions. Their preferred subjects were Zen patriarchs, teachers, and enlightened individuals. In time, however, artists moved on to secular themes such as bamboo, flowering plums, orchids, and birds, which in China were endowed with scholarly symbolism. The range of subject matter eventually broadened to include literary figures and landscapes, and the painting styles often became more important than personal expression. Calligraphy was brought to Japan from China and Chinese masters such as Wang Xizhi have had a profound influence, especially on the karayo style which is still practiced today. The indigenous Japanese wayo tradition only appeared towards the end of the Heian era. However, the calligraphy of Zen scholars was often more concerned with spiritual qualities and individual expression and shunned technicalities which led to unique and distinctly personal styles. Japanese calligraphy has three basic styles: Kaisho, Gyosho, and Sosho.

$19.99

The Elements of Japanese Design: A Handbook of  Family Crests, Heraldry & Symbolism
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The Elements of Japanese Design: A Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry & Symbolism

By John W Dower

The Elements of Japanese Design: A Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry & Symbolism by John W Dower, Publisher: Walker/Weatherhill, 1st Edition (1971), Hardcover: 170 pages: English ---- Very Good Condition. The book is clean, secure binding, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. There is a small water stain (small spot) along the bottom closed edge that sits on the shelf. The dust jacket is intact, no rips, a few very small edge chips and general surface wear from age, use, storage and handling. Free USA Shipping ---- An illustrated introduction to the history and art of Japanese crests, tracing their relationships to heraldry, war, and fashion. The Elements of Japanese Design is a library of traditional Japanese design motifs in the form of more than 2,700 family crests compiled and drawn by a Kyoto publisher and bookseller early in the twentieth century, and selected and interpreted by John Dower, a leading American scholar of Japan. First used for identification on the battlefield beginning in the twelfth century, mon developed into symbols of family pride and fortune and quintessential expressions of the Japanese design sensibility, especially in their economy of means, exquisite detailing, and boldness of composition. The motifs employed in these family crests are also a fascinating window into the symbolic system of traditional Japan, which drew from a rich palette of natural phenomena, plants, animals, abstract devices, and manmade objects. This book will be a source of pleasure and inspiration to anyone interested in the basic elements of Japanese design, and of valuable information to anyone wishing to know more about the remarkable culture that produced it.

$59.99

Ikka Issho: My Like with Ikebana
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Ikka Issho: My Like with Ikebana

By Seifu Noguchi

Ikka Issho: My Like with Ikebana By Seifu Noguchi. Published by Tankosha Topica, Japan, 2004, Illustration titles and descriptions in English, Preface in English, Remaining Text in Japanese, Hardcover, Dust Jacket, Comes with a 16-Page booklet titled "Memoirs" by Seifu Noguchi and a fine paper calligraphy decorated bookmark. ---- As New. Used in Fine condition. No discernible signs of any wear. Free USA Shipping - Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, "arranging flowers" or "making flowers come alive") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. "Ikebana" is from the Japanese ikeru (生ける, "to arrange (flowers), have life, be living") and hana (花, "flower"). Possible translations include "giving life to flowers" and "arranging flowers". It is also known as Kadō (華道, "way of flowers"). The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, they were placed in the tokonoma (alcove) of a home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with over 1,000 different schools in Japan and abroad. Kadō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kōdō for incense appreciation and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony. The preeminent teachers of Ikebana Saga Goryu include: Hoin Seifu Noguchi; Hoin Shugetsu Minami; and Hoin Etsuho Kakihana.

$92.99

The Folk Arts of Japan
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The Folk Arts of Japan

By Hugo Munsterberg

The Folk Arts of Japan By Hugo Munsterberg, With a Preface by Soetsu Yanagi, Published by Charles E. Tuttle Company, With the Cooperation of the Japan Society, Hardcover, Dust Jacket, 1970, Ninth Printing ---- Very Good Condition. Book and dust jacket. Secure binding, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, bright inner pages, no stains, no rips (book and DJ), no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. Some light signs of surface wear from use, storage and handling. Free USA Shipping ---- With dozens of lovely photographs and insightful commentary, The Folk Arts of Japan deals with a rediscovered branch of Japanese art. With 110 gravure plates, and 18 color plates. Although these folkcraft creations have their roots in the country's ancient and colorful art tradition, their unassuming grace makes them unmistakably in harmony with modern functional design. The author, Dr. Munsterberg brings to his work the fruits of four years of study in Japan and a deep knowledge of Asian culture, making available for the first time in English a comprehensive guide and commentary on this significant branch of Japan's varied arts. Contents include: paper-mache, thread ball, pottery and ceramics, baskets, wood, architecture [old traditional Japanese farm & rural houses], lacquer, metal work, toys, textiles, Kimono, painting, sculpture and more.

$23.99

Meaning in the Visual Arts
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Meaning in the Visual Arts

By Erwin Panofsky

Meaning in the Visual Arts by Erwin Panofsky, Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Paperback: 384 pages: English --- Brand New overstock with very light spine fading and signs of shop wear from storage and handling. Free USA Shipping ---- Since its original publication, Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts has been standard reading for students of art history. It is both an introduction to the study of art and, for those with more specialized interests, a profound discussion of art and life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Panofsky's historical technique reveals an abundance of detail, detail he skillfully relates to the life and work of individual painters and their times. The papers in this volume represent a cross-section of Panofsky's major work. Included are selections from his well-known Studies in Iconology and The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer, plus an introduction and an epilogue—"The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline" and "Three Decades of Art History in the United States: Impressions of a Transplanted European"—as well as pieces written especially for this collection. All display Panofsky's vast erudition and deep commitment to a humanistic conception of art and art history.

$39.99

Japanese Woodcuts: Early Period
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Japanese Woodcuts: Early Period

By Hajek - Forman

Japanese Woodcuts: Early Period By Hajek-Forman, Published by Spring Books, London, Undated. Softcover, Slipcase, English, Translated from the Czech by Ilse Gottheiner. Hand-bound with white thread, enclosed in a hard clothbound tri-fold wrap with 2 ivory/bone fasteners. ---- The inner paperback is in Near Fine, Like New condition. The book is clean, secure binding, unmarked, crisp inner pages, no writing, no highlighting, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. The outer slipcase is in Very Good condition with some light yet visible surface wear from use, storage, and handling. Free USA Shipping ---- Woodblock printing in Japan (mokuhanga) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets, but it was also used for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type, but was widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868). Although similar to woodcut in Western printmaking in some regards, the mokuhanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes, and transparency.

$49.95