Volume 8

Painting Nature for the Nation: Taki Katei and the Challenges to Sinophile Culture in Meiji Japan

Rosina Buckland
Published by: Brill, 2012

In Painting Nature for the Nation: Taki Katei and the Challenges to Sinophile Culture in Meiji Japan, Rosina Buckland offers an account of the career of the painter Taki Katei (1830–1901). Drawing on a large body of previously unpublished paintings, collaborative works and book illustrations by this highly successful, yet neglected, figure, Buckland traces how Katei transformed his art and practice based in modes derived from China in order to fulfil the needs of the modern nation-state at large-scale exhibitions and at the imperial court. She provides a rare examination of the vibrant world of Chinese-inspired culture during the 1880s, and the hostility which it faced in the following decade.

About the Author

Rosina Buckland, Ph.D (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2008) is Senior Curator for Japanese Collections at the National Museum of Scotland. Her most recent publication is Shunga: Erotic Art in Japan (2010).