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The craftsman
Vol. V, No. 4 (January 1904)

Noguchi, Yone
Seitei Watanabe,   pp. 386-389 PDF (1.2 MB)


Page 386


THE CRAFTSMAN
SEITEI WATANABE.            BY   YONE
NOGUCHI
HE modern Japan found a satis-
        factory expression of art in Seitei
        Watanabe. The imagination of
        Japan has been growing wider
and wider under the influence of Western
  You will find here and there in Watanabe
the sure trace of a certain classic school; a
graceful solitariness, like that of Tosa; a
far away imaginativeness, like that of
KAno; the memory, as it were, of an old
lover, which will not be put aside. Again,
in Watanabe, the old conventionalism turns
delightfully into a hint of dignity, and un-
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ing tneir ilois. tier customs are enangea.
However, she is pathetically clinging to her
old traditions with a somewhat apologetic
smile. What vast learning she has gained
in the last thirty years! Happily, she is
breaking away from the prejudices which
she unreasonably cherished for centuries and
centuries. Such is Japan. Such is the art
of Seitei Watanabe.
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  Art is not the expression of one school,
but the interpretation of the world and life.
It should be universal. Some years since
we used to despise the artists of Ukio-ye
("Floating World Pictures"), calling them
artisans. We denounced their art as vul-
garity.  But Watanabe    rushed  among
them, carrying his high ideals and superbly


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