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Tawaraya Sōtatsu was one of the most innovative and imaginative artists of the 17th century, faded into near obscurity for the next two hundred years, and today is one of the most revered painters in the history of Japanese art. His remarkable story is recounted in Sōtatsu, a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated book featuring insightful essays by leading scholars from the United States and Japan. The artist’s life and craft are illuminated in this 368-page volume through a close examination of his contemporaries, his evolution as a master painter, and his increasing stature in Japan and the West, thanks in part to the efforts of collector Charles Lang Freer. With 308 black-and-white and color illustrations. Published by the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Sōtatsu: Making Waves (October 24, 2015–January 31, 2016).
Furuta Ryō, University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
Yukio Lippit, Harvard University
Nakamachi Keiko, Jissen Women’s University
Noguchi Takeshi, Nezu Museum
Okudaira Shunroku, Osaka University
Ōta Aya, Sannomaru Shōzōkan, Museum of the Imperial Collections
James T. Ulak, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Publisher: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution