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Author Keene, Donald.

Title Frog in the well : portraits of Japan by Watanabe Kazan, 1793-1841 / Donald Keene
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (289 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Asia perspectives
Asia perspectives.
Contents List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Dutch studies in Japan before 1793 -- Japan in 1793: Kazan's early years -- Genre paintings and early portraits -- Travels and career -- The early 1830s -- Foreign influence and major portraits -- The meeting of East and West -- Danger from overseas -- The road to prison -- The trial -- Kazan the painter -- The last year
Summary Frog in the Well is a vivid and revealing account of Watanabe Kazan, one of the most important intellectuals of the late Tokugawa period. From his impoverished upbringing to his tragic suicide in exile, Kazan's life and work reflected a turbulent period in Japan's history. He was a famous artist, a Confucian scholar, a student of Western culture, a samurai, and a critic of the shogunate who, nevertheless, felt compelled to kill himself for fear that he had caused his lord anxiety. During this period, a typical Japanese scholar or artist refused to acknowledge the outside
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-276) and index
Notes In English
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Subject Watanabe, Kazan, 1793-1841.
Painters -- Japan -- Biography.
Japan -- Intellectual life -- 1600-1868.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Watanabe, Kazan, 1793-1841.
LC no. 2005034247
ISBN 0231511035 (electronic bk.)
9780231511032 (electronic bk.)