Imagined Neighbors: Visions of China in Japanese Art, ca. 1680-1980 (Hardcover)

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By Frank Feltens (Editor), Paul Berry (Contributions by), Michiyo Morioka (Contributions by)
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Intriguing paintings that explore Japanese artists’ relationship with China.

Imagined Neighbors: Visions of China in Japanese Art examines Japanese artistic understanding of China from the late 1600s, Japan’s period of seclusion, to its age of modernization after the mid-nineteenth century. It focuses on ways Japanese painters from the late 1600s to the twentieth century pictured China, both as a real place and as an imagined promised land. It features three essays by renowned Japanese art historians in addition to more than fifty catalog entries highlighting unusual artworks revealing Japanese artists’ complex responses to Chinese art, history, and culture. In recent years, a handful of scholarly studies have tried to push against the established narrative of an exclusively Western-inspired modern Japan. Imagined Neighbors challenges the established narrative of an exclusively Western-inspired modern Japan by offering a more nuanced approach to understanding the country’s struggle with reconciling the old with the new as it reinvented itself into a modern nationstate. 

About the Author


Frank Feltens is curator of Japanese art at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

Michiyo Morioka is an independent scholar of Japanese art based in Seattle, Washington.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783777442662
ISBN-10: 3777442666
Publisher: Hirmer Publishers
Publication Date: September 19th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English