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Katsushika Hokusai – The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife One of the most recognizable Japanese paintings is The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. It was executed in 1814 by famous artist Hokusai. If we follow strict definitions, this amazing Hokusai’s piece could not be considered as a painting, since it’s a woodcut design of the ukiyo-e genre from the book Kinoe no Komatsu, which is a three-volume book of shunga erotica. The composition depicts a young ama diver entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses. This image was quite influential in the 19th and 20th Century. The work has influenced later artists such as Félicien Rops, Auguste Rodin, Louis Aucoc, Fernand Khnopff, and Pablo Picasso. Tomioka Tessai – Abe-no-Nakamaro Writing Nostalgic Poem While Moon-viewing Tomioka Tessai is a pseudonym for a famous Japanese artist and calligrapher. He is regarded as the last major artist in the Bunjinga tradition and one of the first major artists of the Nihonga style. Bunjinga tradition was s a school of Japanese painting which flourished in the late Edo period among artists who considered themselves literati, or intellectuals. Each of these artists, including Tessai developed their own style and technique, but all of them were great admirers of Chinese art and culture.   Fujishima Takeji – Sunrise over the Eastern Sea Fujishima Takeji was a Japanese painter, noted for his work in developing Romanticism and Impressionist art within the yōga (Western-style) art movement in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japanese painting. In 1905, he traveled to France, where he was influenced by French movements of that time, particularly by Impressionism, which can be seen in his painting Sunrise over the Eastern Sea that was executed in 1932. Kitagawa Utamaro – Ten Studies in Female Physiognomy, A Collection of Reigning Beauties Kitagawa Utamaro was a prominent Japanese painter and artist who was born in 1753 and died in 1806. He is certainly best-known for his series entitled Ten Studies in Female Physiognomy, A Collection of Reigning Beauties, Great Love Themes of Classical Poetry (sometimes called Women in Love containing individual prints such as Revealed Love and Pensive Love). He is one of the most important artists who belonging to the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints. Kawanabe Kyosai – Tiger Kawanabe Kyosai was one of the most prominent Japanese artists of the Edo period. His art was influenced by the work of Tohaku, a Kano artist of the sixteenth century who was the only artist of his period to paint screens entirely in ink on a delicate background of powdered gold. Although Kyosai is best-known as caricaturist, he created some of the most notable paintings in the Japanese history of art of the 19th Century. Tiger is one of these paintings where Kyosai used watercolor and ink to create this picture. Hiroshi Yoshida – Fuji from Kawaguchi Lake Hiroshi Yoshida is known as one of the most important figures of the shin-hanga style (shin-hanga was an art movement in early 20th-century Japan, during the Taishō and Shōwa periods, that revitalized traditional ukiyo-e art rooted in the Edo and Meiji periods (17th–19th century). He was trained in the Western oil painting tradition, which was adopted in Japan during the Meiji period. Takashi Murakami – 727 Takashi Murakami is probably the most popular Japanese artists today. His works are being sold for astronomical prices at big auctions, while his art has been already inspiring the whole new generations of artists, not only in Japan, but internationally. Murakami’s art encompasses a wide range of mediums and is generally described as superflat. His work has been noted for its use of color, incorporation of motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture. The content of his paintings is often described as “cute,” “psychedelic,” or “satirical”. Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkin Yayoi Kusama is also one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese artists. She creates in a variety of different media, including painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance, environmental and installation art, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. One of the most renowned series by this great artist is Pumpkin series. Covered in polka dots in a rich yellow color, the iconic pumpkin is presented against a background of nets. When coupled, all such elements form a visual language that is unmistakable to the artist’s style, and has been evolved and perfected through decades of painstaking production and reproduction. Tenmyouya Hisashi – Japanese Spirit No. 14 Tenmyouya Hisashi is contemporary Japanese artist, who is best-known for his “Neo-Nihonga” paintings. He participated in the revival of the old Japanese painting tradition, and it represents an antithesis to a modern Japanese-style painting. In 2000, he also created his new style “Butouha” which shows the resistant attitude for authoritative art system through his paintings. Japanese Spirit No. 14 was created as part of the “BASARA” art scheme, interpreted in Japanese culture as a rebellious behavior of lower-class aristocracy during the Warring States Period to deny authority in pursuit of an ideal lifestyle by dressing in magnificent and luxurious costumes and acting in free will, did not match their social class identities. Katsushika Hokusai – The Great Wave off Kanagawa Finally, The Great Wave off Kanagawa is probably the most recognizable Japanese painting ever made. It’s actually the most prominent piece of art “made in Japan”. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the picture’s title suggests, more likely to be a large rogue wave. The painting is executed in the tradition of ukiyo-e. All Images used for illustrative purposes only.
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Japanese Landscape Painting

Japanese painting has a very rich history; its tradition is vast, while Japan’s unique position in the world largely influenced the dominant styles and techniques of Japanese artists. It is a well-known fact that Japan was quite isolated for centuries – it was not only because of geography, but also because of the dominant Japanese cultural inclination towards isolation that marked the country’s history. During the centuries of the existence of what we might call “Japanese civilization”, culture and art were developing separately from those in the rest of the world. And that is even visible in Japanese painting practices. Nihonga paintings, for example, are one of the main products of the Japanese painting practice. It is based on traditions over a thousand years old and the paintings are usually executed on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk), using brushes.
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Japanese Landscape Painting

With the rising importance of Pure Land sects of Japanese Buddhism in the 10th century, new image-types were developed to satisfy the devotional needs of these sects. These include raigōzu (来迎図?), which depict Amida Buddha along with attendant bodhisattvas Kannon and Seishi arriving to welcome the souls of the faithful departed to Amida’s Western Paradise. A noted early example dating from 1053 are painted on the interior of the Phoenix Hall of the Byōdō-in, a temple in Uji, Kyoto. This is also considered an early example of so-called Yamato-e (大和絵?, “Japanese-style painting”), insofar as it includes landscape elements such as soft rolling hills that seem to reflect something of the actual appearance of the landscape of western Japan. Stylistically, however, this type of painting continues to be informed by Tang Dynasty Chinese “blue and green style” landscape painting traditions. Yamato-e is an imprecise term that continues to be debated among historians of Japanese art.
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Japanese Landscape Painting

However, Japanese art and painting, were influenced by foreign artistic practices as well. First, it was Chinese art in the 16th Century and Chinese painting and Chinese arts tradition which was especially influential at a number of points. As of the 17th Century, Japanese painting was also influenced by Western traditions. Particularly, in the Pre-War period that lasted from 1868 until 1945, Japanese painting was heavily influenced by Impressionism and European romanticism. At the same time, new European art movements were also significantly influenced by Japanese art practices. This influence is called Japonism in history of art, and it was particularly influential for Impressionists, Cubists and those artists related with Art Nouveau.
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Japanese Landscape Painting

Areas of subject matter where Chinese influence has been repeatedly significant include Buddhist religious painting, ink-wash painting of landscapes in the Chinese literati painting tradition, calligraphy of ideographs, and the painting of animals and plants, especially birds and flowers. However distinctively Japanese traditions have developed in all these fields. The subject matter that is widely regarded as most characteristic of Japanese painting, and later printmaking, is the depiction of scenes from everyday life and narrative scenes that are often crowded with figures and detail. This tradition no doubt began in the early medieval period under Chinese influence that is now beyond tracing except in the most general terms, but from the period of the earliest surviving works had developed into a specifically Japanese tradition that lasted until the modern period.
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Japanese Landscape Painting

Tenmyouya Hisashi is contemporary Japanese artist, who is best-known for his “Neo-Nihonga” paintings. He participated in the revival of the old Japanese painting tradition, and it represents an antithesis to a modern Japanese-style painting. In 2000, he also created his new style “Butouha” which shows the resistant attitude for authoritative art system through his paintings. Japanese Spirit No. 14 was created as part of the “BASARA” art scheme, interpreted in Japanese culture as a rebellious behavior of lower-class aristocracy during the Warring States Period to deny authority in pursuit of an ideal lifestyle by dressing in magnificent and luxurious costumes and acting in free will, did not match their social class identities.

Japanese Landscape Painting

Japanese Landscape Painting

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