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t2 F ITIS1 w ca a a SCULPTT RE GN ll p alhl Sllf itcicrlt to inuicate tl uir scL iptor s MCa11L of 16cai i nvention indeed we could scarcely illustrate More aptly titan from nl the ens or one of the sense in which we under ttlci the t llll T1 t v are n rncle0 to exinbit tlw t Vo Ao111u ar t 1 ria Tles of the poets mind on one si lc authority controlling impulse a fatiher subduing his rcfractor boy or the other reverence to God as the fr lit of tllr contelaplation of Mature 1 mother in w gesture 1 the thought of 1 L r d ug lhtcr N ho has broughht her a flower Among other of Mr Woolner already made public we may cite tile slnall figures in relief for the pulpit of Llanda ff CathedralIn i avi l the R ptist and St Paul each a distinctly 1 i CO11Ce rit1011 110L UlhI of e ernona e himself 1 ut of the form of art embodiulent Tilinking of these a i other Nvorks of the varied ranI c of poN y always equal to the occasion which they exhibit 1 f tl lli1 their tlthor n111st 1lat1oP 111 a 11i11C a5 tulle Cu115ohilalcs his lnacter and hi reputatlwi we lc se OUT suwnlary rr vie1 of British sct11pture 1 t altogether tlnilc 1wfully of the destinies which m 1 e 1 il our owl glncration w 1l e Mt QosSe I lZcw 1 r4 1 3 1 1 o aov 5 j X c C0 u Y d 1tr 1 1463 jArANESE WOODCUTS THE high state of development which the fine and decorative arts have attained in Japan has come upon most En lish l uople as a surprise familiar though they were from of old n the cner l fact o certain orn 11t11 manufactures existing i n Tapan and cognisant as they were of some isolated specimens of such Nvorks Of late years e singhave had frequent opportunities of appreciating the lily I I al 16 pl iuant ln calilun and tj1C sup rlative justMess alh1 conlpi teness U e c ition ill the decorative t roducts of this latest opened of the Asiatic empires the so called J apan work porcelain stmt plaitin basket work metal work and the like The llnapplied fine art of Japan w ch stands on ia ov n basis not used for the purposes of decoration is still knoNN 11 to only a very restricted class in this country it cannot be so easily brought before the public view nor could it he expected to obtain Las yet so 111L1Ch vogue even in 1 I ate circles Nevertheless It 1 11rC ll belong in y Mous l sl l c t to the rea e t onier of rt 1 ractisrd i n our clay in any country of the lcorld It 11ns a i rin nuss of corception an almost fiercely tenacious C rasl Ol It S subjects lnaiest ol Clei nlllg palter and n 11 sl 1 m aiWc l In f 36 f f JA ASVS WOODCUT4 such as no Michael Angelo Tintoret or DCirer alnon tts if we only had them could afford or would be in the I c tst minded to despise In details of treatment and i1 t n llit also it has a combination of the arbitrary and unexpect A with a rigid fixity of general system highly calculated 1 0 rivet the strong impression produced by the great primary qualities to which we have referred The excellence of Japanese woodcuts for it is especially of wood tats t i we are speaking is a far as we have noticed t onsi i The kind of excellence however varies Nvith the I of which four classes may be named as the more prwninw t within our experience First scenes from social lift 11 11 manners and occupations of the i ol ir often trc i tt l large tableaux with crowds of tigurcs and colour print 1t Second landscapes uncoloured or colour printed t 16 111Itiwell studied accurate though broadly summarized vlcw t d the mountainous and other districts of the enlptrt 11 1 t character and expression when colourk d these i r 1 c ti almost Titianesque vigour and dignity of erect attained by the most simple means and positive colours Third wmantic or legendary histori es also either uncoloti colour printed Fourth books of scrap varying 11 1 1t the merely slightndniiscelTaii u is ins l the w to 1 t c making out of thoroughly tangible subjects sonic lto 11 1t this kind appearing to have a kind of e ncyck l t dw 1111 In these as in other examples of Japanese art Hic 1n17 T designing is most consuminate though one oft 1t 1 11 11 It defend such points as the anatomical structure alt i of the quadrupeds On the other hand for urlt 1 mnt as the action of birds their quaint turn of head or lithe deviations of neck the decorative ant at the film 60110 naturalistic treannent of plumage the shooting l lidini and patterning of fishes the winding of scrlteta Ito length is to be reckoned by yards of stealthy vertebra crunching motion we incline to say that the Japanese reach higher in point of perceptive knowledge and instant magic of the realizing hand than any phase or period of European art and the same praise with the necessary deduction must be understood to apply also even to the treatment of the larger animals One of the most sumptuous of Tatrt nese looks known to its onsists of r a tments on a large scale of design at one daring and exquisite elaborate and simple of birttl and flower subjects with colour the forms being beautifitily made out not only by the lines of engraving but also in alliance and aid to these by 111u Lhe in1 t I fCJ i nic i might enlarge on many other like subordinate points e aspects of Japanese art its colour printing riotous grotesques crape paper designs ttc we must however restrict ounsely a to amiug s a special inaster amon he producer of the sera 011 1 encyclopedic oodct t books very eminent and indeed great artist of about half a century ago H oxai a name to be Z ronounccd not without reverence by such lovers of art as are willing to be catholic with retard to geographical 1 mit as well as those of school and pcrirxl It is to an uncoloured example in our third class of roman or legendary histories on the whole perhaps the finest example we have seen that we devote the remainder of Our article We would gladly inform the reader what the story illustrated in the woodcut series really is Unfortunately we do not know non cuivis coittir it to read the Japanese character Writing The impression which the series l eaves upon us is that of some popular heroic legend of ancient tiuie the deeds of some Japanese Theseus or Roland 366 TAPA E F …


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