jAPAN: tHE nATURAL wORLD

 The uki-yo and Edo period was a time where Japanese artists developed a fine eye for depicting the natural world. These series of artworks illustrated the beautiful scenery of mountains, birds, and flowers. Artists used woodblock prints to create colorful landscapes. Hokusai was a major artist who created romantic and somewhat sentimental landscapes. I find these extremely thought provoking. They depict everyday life of the people at this time. The print titled The Great Wave of Kanagawa is my favorite example of this. My curatorial vision is a series of works that feature japanese landscapes and each artists' ability to portray its beautiful scenery and nature. cua<https: / /en.wikipedia.org /wiki /shugend%c5%8d.> April 1 2016. Web.(metmuseum.org)https://japaneselandscape.wordpress.com/literati/literati-themes/sesshu-summer-landscape-and-winter-landscape/)> April 1 2016. Web. >(https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/asset-viewer/screen-depicting-musashino-plains) April 1 2016. Web.

The breathtaking composition of this woodblock print, said to have inspired Debussy's La Mer (The Sea) Rilke's Der berg (The Mountain) ensures its reputation as an icon in world art. The way Hokusai draws the waves. So simplified and elegant. The simple dots that form the droplets of water off the waves, and the iconic mountain image in the background with its sensitivity is beautiful. (metmuseum.org)
This painting shows how much value was placed on painting the natural world. Such as animals and mountains and plants. Things were seen in everyday life in the painter's life.
This handscroll by an unknown artist depicts a series of islands of Tomogashima. These islands were used by Buddhist monks for Shugendo or a spiritual awakening by enlightenment of the blend of nature and humanity. Shugendo worshipped mountains and it is clear from this painting. (Wikipedia)
Sesshu Toyo was one of the oldest Japanese painters who studied in the art of ink painting and calligraphy. Possibly the most famous and legendary. His line quality is exquisite and it shows in the two paintings of Summer and Winter landscapes. His distinct mastery of line makes him one of the most famous japanese painters in the old world who would come to influence other Japanese painters in the future. (japanese landscape)
This is a 6 panel screen developed in the early Edo momoyama period. The artists is unknown but from the school of Hasegawa. There is gold leaf applied. There is autumn plains and Mount Fuji on the left side. The Hasegawa school was influenced by sesshu's art as well. The richness of nature and delicate attention to flowers is something really admirable about these paintings. (googleculturalmuseum)
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