Unknown Craftsman A Japanese Insight into Beauty

ISBN-10: 1568365209

ISBN-13: 9781568365206

Edition: 2013

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craftsman working in a set tradition for a lifetime? What is the value of handwork? Why should even the roughly lacquered rice bowl of a Japanese farmer be thought beautiful? The late Soetsu Yanagi was the first to fully explore the traditional Japanese appreciation for "objects born, not made."Mr. Yanagi sees folk art as a manifestation of the essential world from which art, philosophy, and religion arise and in which the barriers between them disappear. The implications of the author's ideas are both far-reaching and practical.Soetsu Yanagi is often mentioned in books on Japanese art, but this is the first translation in any Western language of a selection of his major writings. The late Bernard Leach, renowned British potter and friend of Mr. Yanagi for fifty years, has clearly transmitted the insights of one of Japan's most important thinkers. The seventy-six plates illustrate objects that underscore the universality of his concepts. The author's profound view of the creative process and his plea for a new artistic freedom within tradition are especially timely now when the importance of craft and the handmade object is being rediscovered.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Kodansha America, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

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