By Donald Richie
This provocative e-book is a tractate—a treatise—on good looks in eastern artwork, written within the demeanour of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging collection of principles that “follow the brush” at any place it leads. Donald Richie appears to be like at how perceptual values in Japan have been drawn from uncooked nature after which converted via stylish expressions of sophistication and style. He explains aesthetic options like wabi, sabi, acutely aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in paintings and cinema today.
Donald Richie is the major explorer of eastern tradition in English, and this paintings is the fruits of sixty years of watching and writing from his domestic in Tokyo.
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A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie