Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today

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Smile of the Buddha explores the influences of Asian world-views and particularly Buddhism on the art of Europe and America in the modern era. In an informative and perceptive introduction and essays on twenty well-known artists, Jacquelynn Baas analyzes how the teachings of the Buddha offered alternatives to Western intellectual conceptions of art and traces the various ways this inspiration materialized in artworks. The influence of Buddhism on art from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the present has been greater than historians and critics generally recognize, Baas claims. Considering essential questions about the relationship of art and life, this timely and beautifully illustrated book expands our perspective on how spirituality and creativity inspire and inform one another. Baas's insights and the images she presents give the reader a new understanding and appreciation of a diverse array of Western artworks.

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"The relations between eastern and western cultures have long been a neglected topic, and this careful and intelligent look at a small but significant part of those relations is most welcome."—Thomas McEvilley, author of The Shape of Ancient Thought

"How wonderful that Jacquelynn Baas has seen the light of the Buddha's smile shining from faraway Asia into the realm of the art of modern times in what we think of as the West! . . . Her work reveals how some of our most influential artists explored and expressed the sophisticated perceptions and joyful energy emanating from the realm of Buddhist Asia."—Robert A. F. Thurman

"As a Buddhist scholar and artist I welcome this thoughtful and richly detailed study of how many aspects of Buddhism have stimulated, invigorated, and enriched Western arts over the past 150 years."—Stephen Addiss, author of The Art of Zen

"A crucial contribution to modern art studies, this high-spirited text surveys Western artists awakened by the wisdom of the East, from Monet and Duchamp to O'Keeffe to Martin. It is a thoughtful book about thoughtful artists, their values and their visions, with a lot to offer general readers and specialists alike."—Charles Stuckey, Associate Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Jacquelynn Baas is an independent scholar and Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She is the coeditor of Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (California, 2004) and coauthor of The Art of Joan Brown (California, 1998) and Josť Clemente Orozco in the United States 1927-1934 (2002). Robert A. F. Thurman is a prolific author and translator of both scholarly and popular works. He is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and Director of Tibet House in New York City.

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