The Art of Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Monks 1600-1925

Author:   Stephen Addiss
Publisher:   Echo Point Books & Media
Edition:   Reprint ed.
ISBN:  

9781635617399


Pages:   226
Publication Date:   04 February 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The Art of Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Monks 1600-1925


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Zen, the practice of seeking and achieving enlightenment, is embodied in art forms as diverse as sand gardens and tea ceremonies. However, the attempt to artistically express the inexpressible finds one of its clearest manifestations in painting. Especially after 1600, more and more Japanese Zen masters began depicting their individual paths to enlightenment with bold, inked brushstrokes of images and calligraphy of Zen subjects and sayings. The result was a visual expression of Zen called Zenga (literally Zen picture ), the purest possible communication of Zen principles, and often used as an aid in meditation. As practiced by Zen masters, who were expert in calligraphy but not professional artists, the subject matter was often simple, suggestive, and abstract, though sometimes the artists depicted humorous portraits of Zen masters and their followers. With this stunning collection of Zenga masterpieces from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, prolific author and Professor of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Richmond, Stephen Addiss showcases centuries of great works of Zen calligraphy and painting. Many of the pieces, gathered from Japanese temples, have never been widely seen before. The book also provides a comprehensive introduction to the major Zenga artists, offering extensive, engaging biographies of these awakened monks. Dr. Addiss insightfully describes the history of Japanese Zen art and culture, and includes translations of Zen prose and poems. He also explains the various styles of the fascinating monk-artists, with enriching commentary on their techniques and innovations. These marvelous visual expressions of self-knowledge and enlightenment will delight readers, and perhaps even inspire some to deepen their own spiritual practices.

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Author:   Stephen Addiss
Publisher:   Echo Point Books & Media
Imprint:   Echo Point Books & Media
Edition:   Reprint ed.
Dimensions:   Width: 21.60cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 27.90cm
Weight:   0.998kg
ISBN:  

9781635617399


ISBN 10:   1635617391
Pages:   226
Publication Date:   04 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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