Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Amy Bliss Marshall
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Steven Heine
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Matthew Marr
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Japan, art, women, calligraphy, artist, Japanese, aesthetics, history, recognition, gallery
Date of Defense
Fukuda Chiyo-ni and Kiyohara Yukinobu were 17th-18th century (Edo period) Japanese women artists well known during their lifetime but are relatively unknown today. This thesis establishes their contributions and recognition during their lifespans. Further, it examines the precedence for professional women artists’ recognition within Japanese art history. Then, it proceeds to explain the complexities of Meiji-era changes to art history and aesthetics heavily influenced by European and American (Western) traditions. Using aesthetic and art historical analysis of artworks, this thesis establishes a pattern of art canon formation that favored specific styles of art/artists while excluding others in ways sometimes inauthentic to Japanese values. Japan has certainly had periods of female suppression and this research illustrates how European models and traditions of art further shaped the perception of Japanese women artists and the dearth of female representation in galleries and art historical accounts.
Medema, Kara N., "Chiyo-ni and Yukinobu: History and Recognition of Japanese Women Artists" (2018). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3914.
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