Date of Defense

Spring 3-9-1968




Western art was introduced into the oriental cultures of India and Japan at approximately the same time. In India it came with the East Indian Company in the middle of the eighteenth century. In Japan, Western art was studied along with all the other innovations following the opening of Japan in the middle of the nineteenth century. For both countries, it was a time of change in social structure. Both were under the dominant influences of the West which became evident in their art. Abanindranath believed that Indian painting needed to return to the spiritualness found in traditional art. There also came a time in Japan when artists sought to revive traditional painting. One such artist, Okakura, met Abanindranath during a trip to India. This paper explores this relationship and the influences the art of two countries had on each other.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only