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Subject: Re: Art, 芸術, 技術, 美術
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2010 05:42:03 GMT
> Does anyone know when the terms 芸術, 技術, and 美術 were coined? I assume that they’re Meiji era attempts to distinguish ars/art/Kunst and all that. Am I right?
According to Wikipedia, 芸術: originally from Chinese history book（後漢書）.
美術 and 技術 seems to be new words coined in Meiji Era.
These three words were meant to be used for:
芸術 liberal art
美術 fine art, Kunstgewerbe & Bildende Kunst (but later the usage was narrowed and limited to visual art, and poetry, music and drama were categorized under 芸術)
技術 mechanical art
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