Japanese Art Close-Up


From the successful, collectable Art-in-Detail series, now available in paperback with new covers.


ISBN: 9780714124803 Category:

John Reeve


Beautifully illustrated with an array of Japanese art, this book offers a closer look at the rich variety of styles, decoration, motifs and patterns – and the sheer craftsmanship – of Japanese culture. Opening with an introduction that asks ‘What is Japanese art?’, this book presents a selection of striking and fascinating art from Japan, organised into a series of thematic chapters in which the author provides cultural context while pointing out exceptional features. By showing the complete artwork alongside enlarged details – sometimes virtually invisible to the naked eye – intriguing comparisons can be drawn between seemingly unrelated pieces. The selection of illustrations evokes the hand and eye of the most accomplished Japanese craftsmen and women past and present. Offering a superb insight into a wide array of Japanese art, the book highlights – close up and in colour – outstanding examples of design and craft in prints, paintings and screens, metalwork, ceramics, wood, stone and lacquer and will provide endless creative inspiration.

Additional information

Weight 580 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 21.4 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 20 December 2014
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.5 x 21.4 cm
Weight 580 g


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