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Japanese gardens : right angle and natural form

Japanese gardens : right angle and natural form

Inbunden bok. Köln ; London : Taschen. 240 sidor.

Mycket gott skick. Skyddsomslag i hyggligt skick. Fantastisk bok

OBS engelsk text

Stort format, ca 25x30 cm! – Se fler bilder! ––

The Japanese garden, like all gardens, is more than mere nature; it is nature crafted by man. It needs the hands of the designer to give it meaning. The Japanese garden belongs to the realm of architecture; at its best, it is nature as art.
• The phases of its history document the constant redefinition of man's position within and towards nature. Its changing forms respond both to socio-economic developments and to religious and philosophical trends, and thereby reflect the spiritual climate in which its architecture was conceived.
• At the same time as detailing the characteristics distinguishing and differentiating each of the five major epochs in the history of the Japanese garden, the author identifies the common motif which underlies them all: the recurrent attempt to unite beauty as natural accident and beauty as human-perfected type, to achieve an aesthetic symbiosis between the seeming randomness of natural form and the strict geometry of the right angle.

"This extraordinary book provides a detailed, engrossing history of Japanese gardens with separate chapters for each historical era. It is beautifully illustrated with color photos as well as historical black and white." - Suite 101, New York"

"A work of art, alongside the gardens it chronicles. – This is a book of outstanding quality. It ranks among one of my most prized. And I have a few. No, it is not a "coffee table book", but those interested in Japanese gardens are unlikely to buy a coffee-table book.
It is lavishly illustrated, and written with passion, insight and empathy for the Japanese attitude to the natural world and their sense of beauty, and with a knowledge of the history of the tradition of garden creation, and notion of garden as art.
He describes the Japanese reverence for the randomness of nature, alongside their idea of beauty emanating from cultivation of the natural. "These two ways of perceiving beauty - as natural accident and as the perfection of man-made type - are not, to my mind, mutually exclusive. Quite the opposite: it is their simultaneous cultivation and conscious superimposition that best characterizes the traditional Japanese perception of beauty"; two opposites - random and imposed order, complimenting each other, like Chinese principles of Yin and Yang. "Each loses vibrancy if taken separately from the other".
Japanese gardens are more or less consistent in style, although diverse in form, something that derives from the fact that they capture and reflect the natural environment on which they are based, utilizing three basic elements: rocks, water and plants, …"

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Japanese gardens : right angle and natural form
Nitschke, Günter
Köln ; London : Taschen