Changes in the Japanese art market with the emergence of the middle-class collector:A study of Hishida Shunsō (1874–1911)

Tomizawa-Kay, Eriko (2016) Changes in the Japanese art market with the emergence of the middle-class collector:A study of Hishida Shunsō (1874–1911). Journal of the History of Collections, 28 (2). pp. 261-277. ISSN 0954-6650

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Abstract

This paper seeks to shed light on the early dissemination of, and market for, modern Japanese-style painting (nihonga), a term coined around 1880 in a surge of nationalist sentiment. Nihonga’s exposure in Japan and its appreciation by the general public are considered in conjunction with the development of new distribution channels, including department stores and travelling exhibitions. The distribution network also reveals the increasingly dynamic role of middle-class collectors as contributors in setting the value of nihonga. We focus here on the artist Hishida Shunsō, who suffered severe criticism during his career but whom later generations came to consider as a national icon: the historical narrative is analysed by reference to his letters and various contemporary media. In addition, reasons are sought for the development of the myth that Shunsō’s artistic career is mired in misfortune, and an evaluation is made of what this story tells us about the perception of nihonga.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: art market,japanese art,middle class ,art collector
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 15:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58779
DOI: 10.1093/jhc/fhv029

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