HONOR FOUND IN Mountains - (Michael Colonna)

Explore Japan's rich culture and honor captured in paintings that show appreciation and respect of it's powerful mountains throughout centuries. 

This painting shows the mountains in the background above the praying humans. Placing themselves below the images of the mountains symbolizes the respect and appreciation that the Japanese have towards the Earth's creations. We can learn a lot about Japan's culture from a painting that was done almost a millennium ago. The Japanese still hold on to these same honors as we will see in the next paintings to come in this gallery. This is what makes Japan's culture so rich.
After a couple centuries later we see that the Japanese still place themselves below the mountains. The dark blue sky contrasts well with the town below and we can see the strong outlines of the mountains. This draws our eyes to the mountains and establishes an emphasis on them. Wherever our eyes start on the drawing, our eyes still are drawn to the mountains. This is done using one of the formal elements of art: Color.
Of the formal elements of art, there is a lot of value in this paining. Value refers to the lightness or darkness in an image. The unknown artist created the illusion of light and shadow in a simple way. This was done beautifully and captures the beauty of living in harmony with nature; yet another work of art that captures Japan's culture.
Soga Shohaku shows the massiveness of the mountains through his line work. Up close we see very detailed trees and houses and in the distance we see faded silhouettes of mountains. This gives us a an illusion that the mountains are massive and far way. This is very convincing line work.
This is a very well known painting in Japan. The use of color is fantastic. The contrast between light and dark shows how violent a tsunami can be. Though as powerful and massive a tsunami is, we still see the famous Mt. Fuji in the distance separating the water. This shows that nothing is more powerful than a mountain. This painting supports the idea that the Japanese respect the mountains.
This painting is very simple. It reminds us that we need to take a moment and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. That is exactly what MURAKAMI did. There is balance in this painting. The weight of the mountain is evenly distributed amongst the painting. An appreciation of Earth's design and beauty was seen by the Japanese artist; and captured.
Proportion is the feeling of unity created when all parts, sizes, amounts, or number relate well with each other. Kunitaro Suda captures the unity of man and nature by the scenic harmony found upon this mountainside. The brush strokes and line work are somewhat faded and out of focus showing that man and nature are blended as one.
There is a lot of movement in this black and white image. Our eyes follow the clouds as they move across the mountains taking us for a ride. The clouds reveal trees in great detail. Just another way for a Japanese artist to show their appreciation for the greatness of the mountains.
Again we see Mt. Fuji. This mountain can be seen from Tokyo and it is sixty miles away. Yokohama Taikan captures the size of this mountain using the sun to the right of it. The principle of design he uses in this painting is emphasis. The artist made the sun pop out of the painting with the vibrant red. This captures our eyes and leaves us no choice but to look to the mountain right next to it. The mountain seems so high that it reaches the sun. This captures the greatness of the mountain when compared to the sun. This shows that the Japanese have as much respect for the mountains as they do the sun.
This is the first image we see in the gallery when man is above the mountains. The man looks confused and stiff when above the mountains as if he is out of place in the world. This image shows that no man is greater than the power of a mountain and when tested, is defeated. The colors also symbolize displacement and unbalance. There is no such thing as pink sky and orange grass, just as no one man is more powerful than a mountain. This is the final piece in this gallery that shows how much the Japanese appreciate the greatness of mountains.
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