Departmental Bulletin Paper Between Revolutionary and Oriental Sage: Paul Cézanne in Japan

INAGA, Shigemi

Contributing to the discourse on a “Global Cézanne Effect,” this essayexamines the artistic and critical reception of Paul Cézanne in Japanduring the early twentieth century. The author pays particular attentionto the complex relationship between the French artist’s painting practiceand Eastern aesthetic theory. Compatibilities arise, at times, as a result ofaccidental or even willful mistranslations of French, English and Germantexts. The author also analyzes Cézanne’s reception in the context of GermanExpressionism’s foray into East Asia, along with the contemporary resurgenceof Southern school literati painting.

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