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Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan: The Role of Traditional Japanese Art and Architecture in the Work of Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture Series)


Publisher:Van Nostrand Reinhold



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An account of Frank Lloyd Wright's relationship with Japan and its arts. It presents information on the nature and extent of Wright's formal and philosophical debt to Japanese art and architecture. Eight primary channels of influence are examined in detail, from Japanese prints to specific individuals and publications, and the evidence of their impact on Wright is illustrated through a mixture of textual and drawn analyses. Wright's friendships and connections with key artistic figures in Chicago in the 1880s and 1890s are revealed and the impact of Japanese culture in America at tha time is discussed. Philosophical influences on Wright and their effect on his creative inspiration are explored. Wright's use of specific Japanese sources is used to illustrate his general creative process of bringing together disparate formal and philosophical ideas into new synthesis, in order to clarify the particular nature of his artistic originality.

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