Breath of Japan (Bilingual edition)

Written and Painted Poetry - Japanese Contemporary Art


This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2022.

ISBN: 9783777439501 Category:


The publication presents large-format works by 14 Japanese artists that fascinate us with their aura of mystery. These impressive works, created between the 1950s and the present day, fuse poetry, penmanship and painting to produce an aesthetic which also inspires the Western world.

How can we visualize the interpretation of a wise Zen aphorism, a haiku or a description of nature? Some 30 artworks by Japanese Sho artists focus on the close relationship between image and writing, painting and poetry. In the dance of the paintbrush as the China ink is applied to the paper we experience dynamism, rhythm and artistic shading. Thoughtful essays decode the sign language, calligraphy and penmanship as well as the aura of universality of the lavishly illustrated works.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 27 x 35 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 16 September 2022
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 27 x 35 cm
Weight 300 g


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