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1st Edition

East Asian Art History in a Transnational Context

ISBN 9781138480810
Published April 25, 2019 by Routledge
284 Pages 12 Color & 75 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first comprehensive English-language study of East Asian art history in a transnational context, and challenges the existing geographic, temporal, and generic paradigms that currently frame the art history of East Asia. This pioneering study proposes an important new framework that focuses on the relationship between China, Japan, and Korea. By reconsidering existing concepts of ‘East Asia’, and examining the porousness of boundaries in East Asian art history, the study proposes a new model for understanding trans-local artistic production – in particular the mechanics of interactions – at the turn of the 20th century.

Table of Contents


List of figures

Notes on contributors


Notes on translation and names


Part I Constructing the Idea of East Asian Art

1 Shimao Arata, Reconsidering the History of East Asian Painting from China (chūgoku kaiga) and Chinese-style painting (kara-e) in Japan

2 Itakura Masaaki, The Imperial Treasures of the Shōsōin and the Collections of the Tang Emperors

3 Satō Dōshin, Overcoming Modernity: Toward a Concept of ‘East Asian Art History’

Part II New Ways of Looking at Others

4 Miura Atsushi, The Triangle of Modern Japanese Yōga: Paris, Tokyo, and East Asia

5 Min-jong Shin, 'Marginal Man' Pai Un-soung (1900–1978): His European Experience, His Views, and His Art

6 Eriko Tomizawa-Kay, Reinventing Localism, Tradition, and Identity: The Role of Modern Okinawan Painting (1930s–1960s)

7 Kitazawa Noriaki, The Evolution and Modernization of the Sculpture Genre in East Asia According to the Japanese Example

8 Adachi Gen, War and Pornography in East Asia

Part III Translation of Art within East Asia

9 Aida Wong, Chinese Seal Carving in Modern Japan: Qian Shoutie's Relationship with Hashimoto Kansetsu

10 Tamaki Maeda, 'National Painting' Unbound: Modernizing Ink Painting in the Sino-Japanese Art World

11 Junia Roh, Korean Lacquerwork Craftsmen Who Went to Japan: Change and Innovation in Korean Lacquerwork During the Colonial Period

12 Liu Yu-jen, The Concept of Art in the Meishu Congshu: From Foreign Loan to National Tradition



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Eriko Tomizawa-Kay is Lecturer in Japanese, University of East Anglia and Academic Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Toshio Watanabe is Professor for Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia and Emeritus Professor of History of Art and Design, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts London.


"The studies in this volume expand beyond national boundaries to consider how works of art and artists have interacted across East Asia. They offer a rich perspective which is sure to prompt further work in this fascinating field."

- Hilary K. Snow, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee