Re: Harunobu & Escher


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Posted by Gerald Schmieder on February 04, 2003 at 00:32:53:

In Reply to: Re: Harunobu & Escher posted by John Fiorillo on February 01, 2003 at 09:36:13:

John,

although I know that you are a first rank expert I have problems to agree with you.
I always understood the lack of "perspective" in older Japanese prints as the lack
of vanishing perspective, or more general as not fixed rules of the relationship between
"far away" and "close" to the viewer. In this direction there are indeed a lot of examples.
But nevertheless, all prints show some kind of "intuitive" perspective in the sense that
houses or trees in the background are depicted smaller than such objects closer to the
viewer.
1. Do you really think that Harunobu would have accepted a picture of an "impossible cube"
(like Escher's) as an image of a real cube?
2. I do not know another Harunobo print which shows a comparable loose treatment of right
angles.
Maybe it would be worthy to clarify, in which sense "perspective" is missing in Ukiyo-e
before Hokusai.

Gerald




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