Cooler Than Your Five Panel

If you like those trendy new hats that stretches an image across multiple panels around your head, then you'll these Japanese paints done across panels as well. Also known as Byōbu, which means "wind wall", are folding screens made of wood and paper, that art painted and used to separate parts of a home or room.

This piece here, by Kano Hideyori, is a prime example of a Byōbu. In it, you can see the distinctly Japanese style, also you can see multiple scenes painted, that would have different meanings.
Done by Yokoyama Taikan, in the 1930's, which makes it the most modern byōbu in this collection. Not only is it the newest, at twelve panels, "Autumn Leaves" is also the largest, and brightest one.
What I really find enjoyable about Kano Naganobu's work here, is all the stories going on in it. This piece would have been made for a family, then painted little pieces of history into it.
Kanō Yoshinobu's "Battle Scenes of Genji and Heishi at Ichi-no-tani" is exactly what it sounds like, it is a byōbu beautifully painted to commemorate a battle.
In this piece, by Tawaraya Sotatsu, you'll see a very different to color and shape. He used unrealistic colors for the scene, and his shapes are very free form, and abstract.
In this work, by Utagawa Kunisada, you will see a elegant celebration, with fire works, women in Kimono, and many ships. It simply displays Japanese culture, and you can get changed behind it.
Kitagawa Utamaro's work here is from a woodblock print, and as stated in the name of the piece, it is in the "Ukiyo-e" style, which means, "Picture of the floating world."
"Our forces occupy Ryuko Island" is from the master war painter, Kobayashi Kiyochika. This painting is an example of how people in Japan would have gotten news about the war efforts of the times.
This piece here interesting, because it is painted across three pieces of paper, laid out perfectly to be a byōbu, but it simply isn't, thus it's removing the practical use, making it just art.
Kunichika shows a man, who is some sort of warrior, standing in front of a giant toad, which is a common this in the Japanese culture. But more interesting to me, is the fact the man is an actor.
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