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Subject: Re: Art, 芸術, 技術, 美術
From: Carl (carlsensei.com)
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 08:09:14 GMT
References: 1, 2
> > 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
I ended up checking ja.wikipedia myself, but thanks for the response!
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