. Ê "...it is no secret that the prints choose whom they love and there is then no salvation but surrender." (p.77) Ê
"a simplifying light, spiritual in quality, has come through them (the Japanese prints) to unburden the Western mind sagging with its sordid load." (p. 73) Ê
What is it he sees in the prints?
F.L.Wright goes far in trying to describe the uniquely inspiring quality inherent to "these scattered leaves, these exciting traces of the image-seeking mind." (p. 71)
It seems Wright finds in the story of the Japanese prints (particularly of 1755-1840) an analogy (even a root cause) for the developments of modern art as he experienced them: emphasis on simplicity and abstraction, a wedding of form and content, craft and expression.