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By Donald Richie

This provocative booklet is a tractate—a treatise—on good looks in jap paintings, written within the demeanour of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging collection of principles that “follow the brush” anyplace it leads. Donald Richie seems at how perceptual values in Japan have been drawn from uncooked nature after which changed by means of based expressions of sophistication and flavor. He explains aesthetic techniques like wabi, sabi, acutely aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in artwork and cinema today.

Donald Richie is the major explorer of jap tradition in English, and this paintings is the end result of sixty years of gazing and writing from his domestic in Tokyo.

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We also notice in the two central :2 rectangle ( b) in the same man­ the depth dimension-and in fact the two bars seem to lie in slightly different ner, the figure breaks apart quite readily because the simplicity of the two planes-or sideways. This tension is absent in the two outer figures, in which without much effort. If now we divide a r squares imposes itself against the less compact shape of the whole. If, on the other hand, we wish to obtain a particularly coherent rectangle, we may apply the two components either fit in a tightly symmetrical whole or are removed from interfering with each other.

When the square (a) is . divided into two halves, the whole pattern prevails over its parts because the we move from the maximum coherence of the cross shape to the virtual dis­ :r symmetry of the square is simpler than the shapes of the two x :2 rec­ examples a distinct visual tension : greater simplicity and a corresponding tangles. Even so, we can manage at the same time to single out the two halves relaxation of tension would be obtained if the two bars came apart, either in I appearance of any integrated pattern at all.

6 1 8 . . has been considered particularly satisfying because of its combination of unity and dynamic variety. Whole and parts are nicely adjusted in strength so that the whole prevails without being threatened by a split, but at the same time the parts retain some self-sufficiency. If subdivision depends on the simplicity of the whole as compared to that of the parts, we can study the relation between the two factors by leaving the shapes of the parts constant while varying their configuration.

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