Posted by To Shawn on November 24, 1999 at 02:08:47:
In Reply to: Importance of Ukiyo-e in defining the identity of the Japanese posted by Shawn Wong on November 10, 1999 at 02:14:57:
I'd be hesitant to say that ukiyo-e represents the Japanese at all. In fact, when Westerners were coming and saying "what wonderful art! How clever these Japs are!" etc. the Japanese who knew anything about their culture were quick to say "these are little more than picture postcards, the real art is elsewhere (in paintings)."
What they do represent is a particular class, at a particular historical moment. To say any more is to step on dangerous ground, and conflate past and present.
: What is the importance of ukiyo-e in defining the identity of the Japanese?
: Does it refer to ukiyo-e's sophistication, the artists'
: devotions and skills in making the woodblock prints?
: thank you
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