The Breath of Japan: Written and Painted Poetry—Japanese Contemporary Art (Hardcover)

The Breath of Japan: Written and Painted Poetry—Japanese Contemporary Art By Heinz Kroehl (Editor), Hans Bjarne Thomsen (Editor) Cover Image

The Breath of Japan: Written and Painted Poetry—Japanese Contemporary Art (Hardcover)

By Heinz Kroehl (Editor), Hans Bjarne Thomsen (Editor)

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A book that showcases writing as art through postwar Japanese calligraphy.

How can we visualize the interpretation of a wise Zen aphorism, a haiku, or a description of nature? This book presents some thirty large-format works by fourteen Japanese Sho artists that focus on the close relationship between image and writing, painting and poetry. These impressive works, created between the 1950s and the present day, fuse poetry, penmanship, and painting to produce an aesthetic that also inspires the Western world. In the dance of the paintbrush, as the China ink is applied to the paper, we experience dynamism, rhythm, and artistic shading. Thoughtful essays decode the sign language, calligraphy, and penmanship as well as the aura of the universality of the lavishly illustrated works.
Heinz Kroehl was professor for communication and design theory at the University of Duisburg/Essen. His previous books include The Art of Writing.

Hans Bjarne Thomsen is chair for East Asian art history at the University of Zurich. His previous books include Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Ernst Grosse Collection.
Product Details ISBN: 9783777439501
ISBN-10: 3777439509
Publisher: Hirmer Publishers
Publication Date: July 21st, 2022
Pages: 176