HAA 183N - Nihonga: Modern Japanese Painting

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Yukio Lippit

Mondays, 3:00 pm - 5:45 pm

This seminar studies the history of modern Japanese painting through an examination of Nihonga, a neotraditional form of painting that emerged in the late nineteenth century. Conceptualized in part by Ernest Fenollosa and Okakura Kakuzo, Nihonga selectively combined traditional Japanese formats, materials, and subject matter with European pictorialism, and would go on to become the defining pictorial mode of academic painting in Japan, exerting a strong influence across the Asian world. A major premise of the seminar is that Nihonga is as essential to a study of global artistic modernism as any other genre or movement.