Continuity of Art Forms and Their Visualness

Tze-Yue G. Hu

in Frames of Anime

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9789622090972
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207721 | DOI:
Continuity of Art Forms and Their Visualness

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This chapter discusses the wide array of art forms available in Japan and stresses their continuity over the years. It introduces the “visualness” of Japanese art forms including anime and attempts to locate and conceive the twentieth-century medium-genre in a visual awareness tradition that exists within the mental make-up of an assimilating subject. The classic Japanese two-dimensional art forms, namely paintings and wood-prints, first appeared during the Asuka period (AD 593–710). One distinctive type is the emakimono or picture-scroll, a form of painting where happenings and events are spoken through the act of illustrating. Today, emakimono is embodied in countless manga works and their co-animated creations. Zen portrait painting is another example of two-dimensional art that displays the realist tradition. Although Zen portrait paintings were meant as contemplative wall paintings, anime characters were created for popular consumption in the late twentieth century.

Keywords: art forms; visualness; anime; medium-genre; two-dimensional; emakimono; picture-scroll; painting; manga; Zen portrait painting

Chapter.  8957 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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