A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie

By Donald Richie

This provocative publication is a tractate—a treatise—on attractiveness in eastern paintings, written within the demeanour of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging collection of rules that “follow the brush” anywhere it leads. Donald Richie seems at how perceptual values in Japan have been drawn from uncooked nature after which converted by way of dependent expressions of sophistication and style. He explains aesthetic ideas like wabi, sabi, acutely aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in artwork and cinema today.

Donald Richie is the most important explorer of eastern tradition in English, and this paintings is the fruits of sixty years of watching and writing from his domestic in Tokyo.

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Locating the Artist 29 (Whewell 1967: cxii). 7 Few ask why Whewell contrasted the ‘scientist’ with the ‘artist’ and not the ‘humanist’. Rather the typical response is that ‘scientists’ have a long history, one that goes back further than the nineteenth century. Yet, when we look closely, what we find is that the term ‘scientist’ was indeed new, although the adjective ‘scientific’ can be traced to Aristotle. In English, the term appears to date to about 1600. At this point it was synonymous with knowledge and referred to demonstrable knowledge (as compared with intuitive knowledge), which was aligned with natural philosophy.

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