In Praise of Shadows (陰翳礼讃) is an essay on japanese aesthetics by the japanese author and novelist Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. The essay was originally published in 1933 in Japan.
The essay consists of 16 sections that discuss traditional japanese aesthetics in contrast with change. Comparisons of light with darkness are used to contrast western and asian cultures. The west, in its striving for progress, is presented as continuously searching for light and clarity, while the subtle and subdued forms of oriental art and literature are seen by Tanizaki to represent an appreciation of shadow and subtlety, closely relating to the traditional Japanese concept of sabi.
"I have to thank some artists for their inspiration: Mark Rothko ..."
In 1943, Rothko and fellow artist Adolph Gottlieb wrote a manifesto of their artistic beliefs, such as "Art is an adventure into an unknown world" and "We favor the simple expression of the complex thought." Rothko and Gottlieb, along with Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman and others, became known as the Abstract Expressionists. Their art was abstract, meaning that it had made no reference to the material world, yet it was highly expressive, conveying strong emotional content.
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