Momo Miyazaki has collected together a variety of pieces from the Edo Rinpa style that focus primarily on bird and flower paintings within his book, Elegance in Japanese Art. These pieces draw their influence from the school of painting that first began with Rinpa and spread from Kyoto to Edo, know modern day Tokyo. Within this book Miyazaki presents the beauty that can be found in this specific subset of paintings from within this style.
The art within Elegance in Japanese Art is divided into four sections that focus on artists who either worked directly within the Edo Rinpa school or were later inspired by this work. Each of these sections provides a biography of the artist or artists being focused on in both Japanese and English. There are also descriptions of the pieces, which again appear in both Japanese and English. Beyond just showing the pieces themselves there are closeups of certain elements to allow the reader to gain a better understanding of the piece and the work that went into creating them.
Elegance in Japanese Art collects so many elegant images that focus on the beauty of nature. As Edo Rinpa is either the school or the inspiration for each of these pieces they all flow together in a way that will show you how this focus on birds and flowers and remained and also evolved over time. I found myself connecting the most with the floral images that were presented and loved when there were presentations of these flowers over time. There was one image that made me smile that included a crow and a cat that brought together two very differing floral elements with a sort of yin and yang style at work. If you enjoy art, whether it be from the Edo Rinpa school or any other type of art, I think you will find this an enjoyable read. You can find Elegance in Japanese Art on sale now.
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