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The Lyric Journey

Poetic Painting in China and Japan

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$224.00 • £194.95 • €203.95

ISBN 9780674539709

Publication Date: 08/01/1996


276 pages

157 halftones, 8 color illustrations in a 12 page insert

The Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures


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This generously illustrated book has all the appurtenances required by scholars, taking its place in the thousand year, Oriental tradition of study and debate about the meaning, style and social role of painting. Yet its agreeable prose, based on the author’s lectures, reflects his interest in reaching the general reader. That’s fortunate, since Cahill’s comparison of Japanese and Chinese painting holds plenty of lessons for Westerners unfamiliar with Asian arts.The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

[Cahill] disturbs common assumptions and establishes unexpected connections in painting history, directs attention to unjustly neglected works and raises numerous issues well worth debating.—Tony Howes, China Review

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