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Haiga: Takebe Sōchō and the Haiku-Painting Tradition
March 3 to April 16, 1995
Marsh Art Gallery
There is an old saying in Japan that "the nail that sticks out gets banged down." This shows how the Japanese tend to perceive themselves in a social context, as opposed to Western individualist perceptions. Japanese society is seen as a community of human relationships; its performance depends critically upon the quality of these relationships. Therefore, Japanese are constantly trying to reach a harmonious balance between individual aspirations and social responsibilities.
There is great admiration in Japan for the balance which is evident in nature between constraint and freedom. Their search for tills equilibrium on the human level is evident throughout Japanese society and cultural activities. The works displayed in this exhibition show great freedom of emotional expression, yet they are created within a long-standing tradition that portrays the ideal harmonious relationship between humans and nature.
University of Richmond Museums
Haiga, Haiku-painting, Japanese art, haiku, Takebe Socho, University of Richmond Museums, Marsh Art Gallery
Art and Design | Fine Arts | Painting
University of Richmond Museums. Haiga: Takebe Sōchō and the Haiku-Painting Tradition, March 3 to April 16, 1995, Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond Museums. Richmond, Virginia: University of Richmond Museums, 1995. Exhibition Brochure.