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Painters as Envoys:
Korean Inspiration in Eighteenth-Century Japanese Nanga
Burglind Jungmann

Hardcover | 2005 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691114637


It is well known that Japanese literati painting of the eighteenth century was inspired by Chinese styles that found their way to Japan through trade relations. However, because Japanese and American art historians have focused on Japanese-Chinese ties, the fact that Japan also maintained important diplomatic--and aesthetic--relations with Korea during the same period has long been neglected. This richly illustrated, cogently argued book examines the role of Korean embassies in shaping the new Japanese literati style, known as Nanga in Japan.

Burglind Jungmann describes the eighteenth-century Korean-Japanese diplomatic exchange and the circumstances under which Korean and Japanese painters met. Since diplomatic relations were conducted on both sides by scholars with a classical Chinese education, Korean envoys and their Japanese hosts shared a deep interest in Chinese philosophy, literature, calligraphy, and painting. Texts, such as Ike Taiga's letter to Kim Yusöng and Gion Nankai's poem for Yi Hyön, and accounts by Korean and Japanese diplomats, give a vivid picture of the interaction between Korean and Japanese painters and envoys. Further, the paintings done by Korean painters during their sojourns in Japan attest to the transmission of a distinctly Korean literati style, called Namjonghwa. By comparing Korean, Japanese, and Chinese paintings, the author shows how the Korean interpretation of Chinese styles influenced Japanese literati painters and helped inspire the creation of their new style.


"Painters as Envoys is the first book-length study on eighteenth-century Korean painting in Western scholarship. The author opens paths toward a new understanding of the relations and among painting schools of Korea, Japan, and China. For the first time, Jungmann thoroughly examines the paintings produced by painting officials of Korean embassies and convincingly argues their important impact on Nanga. . . This book . . . is a significant contribution to the field."--Insoo Cho, CAA Reviews

"Burglind Jungmann must be congratulated for making a key contribution not only to Japanese and Korean art history but also to the whole fascinating subject of cultural relations between Japan and Korea."--Jonathan Chaves, Journal of Asian Studies


"Excellent. This book is a detailed and informative study of a topic that has long been neglected: the Korean influence on Japanese literati painting. Professor Jungmann's research is insightful and will make a major contribution to the field of Japanese art and cultural history."--Stephen Addiss, University of Richmond, author of How to Look at Japanese Art.

"This is an important book that will be useful to scholars and students alike. In elegant prose and with excellent scholarship, Burglind Jungmann proposes that Korean amateur painting had a large impact in Japan. This point has never been so closely argued before, in any language. The author has been diligent in finding little-known works in many collections around the world to support her claims. This is the first book on the subject, but it is much more than an introductory work."--Timon Screech, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Sainsbury Institute

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