A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics
This provocative book is a tractate a treatise on beauty in Japanese art, written in the manner of a "zuihitsu, " a free-ranging assortment of ideas that follow the brush wherever it leads. Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste. He explains aesthetic concepts like "wabi, sabi, aware, " and "yugen, " and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today."
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Six-word review: Deft, spare elucidation for Western audience. Extended review: For a Westerner, the aesthetic principles encountered in Japanese paintings, poetry, gardens, and other art forms can be ... Read full review
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As Richie explains in his preface, he has deliberately chosen to write A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics as a zuihitsu , the form in which many influential Japanese chose to address aesthetic matters ... Read full review