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Richard Douglas Lane (1926–2002) was an American scholar, author, collector, and dealer of Japanese art. He lived in Japan for much of his life, and had a long association with the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii, which now holds his vast art collection.

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Life

Lane was born in Kissimmee, Florida. After graduating from high school in 1944, during World War II, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines he trained as a Japanese translator, and served in Japan during the war. He later received a bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii in Japanese and Chinese literature, and continued his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a master's degree and a PhD in 18th-century Japanese literature. [1] In 1957, Lane moved to Japan, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Lane was never on a university faculty, but supported himself as an author, dealer and consultant. He was a visiting research associate at the Honolulu Museum of Art from 1957 to 1971, during which time he helped catalog the James A. Michener collection of Japanese prints. [2] In 1960 Lane married physician Chiyeko Okawa; they remained married until her death in 1999. [3] In 2002, he died intestate and without heirs in Kyoto, Japan, and the Honolulu Museum of Art purchased his collection from the Japanese judicial authorities. The Lane Collection consisted of nearly 20,000 paintings, prints and books. [4]

From October 2008 to February 2009, the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibited a sampling of the collection under the title "Richard Lane and the Floating World". [5] [6] From March 2010 to June 2010, the museum exhibited a second installment of the collection under the title "Masterpieces from the Richard Lane Collection".

Among the works in the Richard Lane "Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga," [7] which included over 50 erotic paintings, prints, and woodblock-printed books from the Lane Collection. [8]

Publications

Richard Lane's publications include:

Footnotes

  1. Lane, Richard (1957). Saikaku novelist of the Japanese Renaissance. NYC, USA: Columbia University. OCLC   742276441.
  2. Boehm 2009, p. 29.
  3. Boehm 2009, p. 31.
  4. Calendar News 2008, p. 6.
  5. Griffith, Lesa. "Scott Johnson on tengu | Honolulu Museum of Art Blog" . Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  6. Griffith, Lesa. "Enter the Floating World with Scott Johnson | Honolulu Museum of Art Blog". Honolulu Museum of Art . Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  7. "Shunga Exhibition Series at the Honolulu Museum of Art". honolulumuseum.org. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  8. Baker, Omar Yusef (2016-02-20). "関学 Japanese Art A" [Kwangaku course offerings: Japanese Art A]. Omar Yusef Baker. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  9. "Richard Lane: Ukiyo-e Holzschnitte | Kunst aus Japan" (in German). 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2020-07-10.

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Further reading

And Vulgarity), Iwanami Shoten, in Japanese. ISBN   9784000288125. OCLC 932168525.