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Oily Painting:
The Japanese inflection to this question through the history of the reception of oil painting in Japan

Yukio Lippit
Harvard University

What would a world history of oil painting look like? This workshop explores the Japanese inflection to this question through the history of the reception of oil painting in Japan, primarily through works that attempted to replicate the affect of oil-based painting during the Edo period, culminating in the work of Takahashi Yuichi (1828-1894), considered Japan's first modern oil painter.
Examining Yuichi's work in particular raises many important questions concerning the ways in which the discursive reception of a painting medium can differ according to cultural context. 

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