The history of Japanese art is characterized by extended periods of isolation punctuated by sporadic influences from its neighbors.The Japanese were able to successfully assimilate those elements of foreign artistic traditions that suited their taste.Japanese Woman

The opening of Japan to the West in the mid 19th century began a period of artistic exchange between Japan and the West.The influence of Japan can be seen in Japanese style decorative arts in the west as well as in 20th century architecture.

Painting has always been the primary form of artistic expression in Japan. The Japanese also excelled in the areas of printmaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, flower arrangement, calligraphy, and lacquer production.

This exhibit draws on books in traditional and artistic formats that illustrate the rich and varied traditions of Japanese art.

Books Included in This Exhibit

1. Kyodo gangushu: haru. (Osaka: Kyodo no Hikari-sha, Showa 10 [1935])
2.The traditional crafts of Japan. (Tokyo, Japan: Diamond, Inc., c1992).
3.Ando, Hiroshige. Hiroshige, a Shoal of Fishes. (New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art: Viking Press, 1980)
4. Kanzaka, Sekka. A Flight of Butterflies. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979)
5.Chiba, Reiko.Japanese Screens in Miniature; Six Masterpieces of the Momoyama Period.(Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle Co., 1960).
6.YLacquerashiro, Yukio. Art Treasures of Japan. (Tokyo: Society for International Cultural Relations, 1960). 7.Sesshu. Long Scroll; A Zen Landscape Journey.(Tokyo: Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle [1959]).
8.Oriental ceramics: the world's great collections.(Tokyo: Kodansha, 1976-1978)
9.Textile designs of Japan.(Tokyo ; New York: Kodansha International, 1980).
10.Audsley, George Ashdown. Gems of Japanese art and handicraft. (London: S. Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. 1913).                                                                           11.Oshikawa, Josui.Manual of Japanese Flower Arrangement.(Tokyo, Japan: Nippon Bunka Renmei, c1936)
12.Tsujii, Koshu.Japanese Orthodox Flower Arrangement: Misho-go-ryu and Saga-ryu Schools.(New York: Yamanaka & Co., 1938).
13.Murakami, Kasuke. Select Flower Arrangements of Moribana & Heikwa. (New York: Yamanaka, 1936)