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|Título:||Ernest Francisco Fenollosa and the quest for Japan. Findings of a life devoted to the Science of Art|
|Editorial:||Universidade Nova de Lisboa|
|Descripción:||The life of Ernest Fenollosa (1858-1908) was the romance par excellence of modern scholarship. He went to Japan as a professor of economics. He ended up as Imperial Commissioner of Arts. He unearthed treasures that were unknown to the Japanese themselves.1 It may be an exaggeration to say that he saved Japanese art for Japan, but it is certain that he did as much as any man could to restore native art to its rightful position of pre-eminence and to stop the imitation of European Art. He endeared himself to the Imperial government and laid the basis for a personal tradition.Among other remarkable facets of his life, we could mention his famed relationship with Okakura Kakuzo (1862/3-1913) #56257; #56620; #56258; #57044; #56257; #56750; #56258; #56446; the renowned Taoist painter and author of The Book of Tea ; and his rapport with several members of the recently founded University of Tokyo at which he taught. Usually these were men older than himself who became thinkers or even ministers in the Meiji Government #56259; #57036; #56258; #56527; #56258; #56524; #56258; #57157;.His work to spread the richness of Eastern Art had not been considered previously in Western Thought and this led him to a new universal synthesis; we should not forget that he was closely associated with Hegelian thinking and Logic. His efforts to see and discover as much as possible, despite the fact that he was not fluent in the Japanese language and even less conversant with the ever-present Chinese characters were, without doubt, outstanding. His present reputation in the West rests upon the posthumous book Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art. In America, he was also known for his services to diverse museums, especially the Boston Art Museum. He wrote works on Japanese and Chinese literature that formed the basis of a new understanding of the East. This article seeks to elucidate upon his artistic ideas and the impact that his work had on the scientific study of the Orient.|
|Aparece en las Colecciones:||Bulletin of Portuguese - Japanese Studies|
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