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Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia, and Deco Paperback – January, 2005


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Taisho-, named for the reigning emperor of the time, was a short period from 1912 to 1926 that marked a modernizing tendency in Japanese society. The scope of this book expands to cover the first 30 years of the 20th century to dovetail with the Art Deco and Art Moderne eras in the West. Primarily a catalog of a print and painting exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, this book also covers some three-dimensional objects and shows 12 kimonos of strikingly modern design. The prints and drawings are mostly sentimental portraits of women and children that integrate Western perspective with traditional Japanese perspective. Strongly influenced by Western advertising art, the prints and drawings are a powerful graphic record of the changes that gave rise to the 20th-century "moga" (modern gal). Short historical and sociological essays by scholars of Japanese art and politics accompany high-quality illustrations, making this book valuable to readers interested in both Japanese art and history. For large public and academic libraries, especially those with a focus on Asian art.
David McClelland, Philadelphia
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"Strongly influenced by Western advertising art, [these] prints and drawings are a powerful graphic record of the changes that gave rise to the 20th-century 'moga' (modern gal). Short historical and sociological essays by scholars of Japanese art and politics accompany high-quality illustrations, making this book valuable to readers interested in both Japanese art and history."--Library Journal
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Honolulu Academy of Arts (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937426520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937426524
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,985,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old dog on January 14, 2015
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Exciting little known deco work here. worth the getting
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