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This is the introductory chapter of the book Painting Nature for the Nation: Taki Katei and the Challenges to Sinophile Culture in Meiji Japan. The book begins with a consideration of the literati arts in late Tokugawa-period Japan, their economic and social structures of support. Taki Katei's paintings continued to borrow from Chinese models during the years after his return to Edo. The book explores the shifts in Meiji-era society, politics, and art during the 1880s and discusses the new genre of bird-and-flower painting, of which Katei was the most successful exponent, which developed in the 1890s as a form to represent Japan to both domestic and foreign audiences. It considers the art historical developments and political events after Katei's death which affected his reputation and that of other members of the Japan Art Association over the course of the twentieth century.

Keywords: bird-and-flower painting; Chinese models; Japan Art Association; literati arts; Meiji Japan; Sinophile culture; Taki Katei; Tokugawa-period Japan

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