By Noritake Tsuda
A historical past of eastern Art deals readers a accomplished view of jap artwork via eastern eyes—a view that's the so much revealing of all views. whilst, it presents readers with a consultant to the locations in Japan the place the simplest and so much consultant creations of jap paintings are to be visible.
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Come on! set fire to the library shelves! Turn aside the canals to flood the museums! . Oh, the joy of seeing the glorious old canvases bobbing adrift on those waters, discoloured and shredded! . Take up your pickaxes, your axes and hammers and wreck, wreck the venerable cities, pitilessly! The oldest of us is thirty: so we have at least a decade for finishing our work. When we are forty, other younger and stronger men will probably throw us in the wastebasket like useless manuscripts – we want it to happen!
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If upon a white canvas I set down some sensations of blue, of green, of red, each new stroke diminishes the importance of the preceding ones. Suppose I have to paint an interior: I have before me a cupboard; it gives me a sensation of vivid red, and I put down a red which satisfies me. A relation is established between this red and the white of the canvas. Let me put a green near the red, and make the floor yellow; and again there will be relationships between the green or yellow and the white of the canvas which will satisfy me.