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[DRAWING TEXTBOOK] ASAI CH█, ARTIST - Jizaiga Ky÷kasho Dai Gohen

Title: Jizaiga Ky÷kasho Dai Gohen
Description: 1903. [DRAWING TEXTBOOK] ASAI CH█, artist. JIZAIGA KYďKASHO Dai Gohen. T˘ky˘, Kink˘d˘ Shoseki, Meiji 36 [1903]. 1st printing. Oblong 8vo. wrappers. 18.6 x 26.5 cm. This fifth volume of the series A TEXTBOOK OF FREE SKETCHING contains 10 sheets of sumi woodcut reproducing pencil sketches by Asai Chű and meant to serve as a guide for students in their drawing classes. The Japanese Education Ministry, the Monbusho^, had commissioned Asai Chű, one of the foremost artists and educators of the day to create a series of such handbooks for schools. This brief notice is not the place to expand but it should be noted that this series represents an important milestone in the see-saw cultural battle being waged between artistic traditionalists and "modern" Western-style artists. The fact that the Asai Chű strove to familiarize students with the use of the pencil rather than the brush is significant in that context. Asai, himself, actually, though an accomplished Western-style oil painter who had studied in France was also a skilled traditional painter and a top-rank graphic designer, as well. It appears he believed in giving students all the tools, all the media, available for their expression. His various textbook series are rightly famous though almost never found, being fragile to begin with and meant to be used by students. This volume is in very good condition - the pages are loose. .

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Price: US$ 365.00 Seller: Boston Book Company
- Book number: 87235

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