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By Donald Richie

This provocative publication is a tractate—a treatise—on attractiveness in jap paintings, written within the demeanour of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging collection of principles that “follow the brush” at any place it leads. Donald Richie seems at how perceptual values in Japan have been drawn from uncooked nature after which changed by means of dependent expressions of sophistication and style. He explains aesthetic options like wabi, sabi, conscious, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in paintings and cinema today.

Donald Richie is the major explorer of eastern tradition in English, and this paintings is the fruits of sixty years of watching and writing from his domestic in Tokyo.

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Absent, too, from this overview are documents relating to the poet’s early character-forming years at the family homes in 35 36 The Birth of Novalis Oberwiederstedt and Weissenfels or the months spent under the care of his paternal uncle Friedrich Wilhelm von Hardenberg (1728–1800) whose cosmopolitan interests, well-stocked library, and lively, wideranging table conversations with a variety of guests ignited the young Hardenberg’s intellect and expanded his ambitions. This lacuna is addressed in part in the section of this collection devoted to biographical texts.

Still a very young man—slim and of slender figure, very fine in feature, with black eyes of brilliantly expressive powers and on fire when he speaks about some beloved topic—indescribable, how much fire—he speaks three times more and three times faster than we do—the quickest powers of comprehension and receptivity. The study of philosophy has given him a prodigal ease in the construction of fine philosophical thoughts—his point of interest is Beauty, not Truth—his favorite authors are Plato and Hemsterhuis—on the first evening of our acquaintance he gave me his opinion with passionate fire—there is absolutely nothing evil in the world—and everything once more draws near the Golden Age.

For me, you have been the High Priest of Eleusis. Through you, I have learned to know heaven and hell—from you, I have partaken of the tree of knowledge——. . (IV, 124) Having successfully completed his university studies in Wittenberg, Hardenberg returned to the family home in Weissenfels and then moved to Tennstedt in Thuringia to begin an apprentice year in official duties under the direction of August Cölestin Just. This practicum was intended to round out his legal education and prepare him for a career.

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