Yamato – e : Japanese Painting


Japanese painting is one of the oldest forms of art evolved mainly during 6th to 19th century. Japanese painting or Yamato – e style painting grew under the influence of Chinese and western culture. But Chinese influence remained till the beginning of Edo Period(1603-1867). Japanese paintings had developed throughout a great time span. One of the biggest characteristics of Japanese painting is the depiction of scenes from daily life and narrative scenes that are often included figures and details. This traditional style has now transformed to the latest “Manga” and “Anime”. Japanese paintings also have its own style and pattern. In different eras different and slightly modified forms of art had evolved. From Suibokuga, Kano, Tosa-ha, shijo many kinds of Japanese arts were done by great artists of Japan. The main subjects of the paintings are Buddhism, Bodhisattva etc. Beside this, landscapes, views of famous places, beautiful women, scenes from court and theater were used as subjects. Artists used varieties of mediums such as horizontal and verticle scrolls, fans, sliding doors even on the walls of temples. The official list of national treasure of Japan includes 158 works of 8th to 19th century. There are some characteristics of these paintings such as single, confident strokes of brushes which is unique. The application of colors was very much eye soothing and of great combinations. Throughout the history of art and painting ancient Japanese style painting has its own impact.

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