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Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

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"Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting examines the emphasis in Zen Buddhist thought and practice on the illusoriness of the phenomenal world, a mistrust of pictorial representation that raises a quandary for the study Zen art. No work epitomizes this quandary more than The Gourd and the Catfish by the Zen monk-painter Josetsu. Painted around the year 1413 for the warrior-ruler of Japan at the time, the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi, it was installed in the shogun's private chapel along with a collection of more ...

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Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting
2017, Getty Research Institute

ISBN-13: 9781606065129

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