Introducing various beautiful works of art depicting Japanese Landscapes in chronological order. Japanese culture has been a near-mystery to the Western hemisphere for thousands of years. Its majesty and beauty have been popularized through Western culture . . . The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the millennia, from the country's prehistoric Jōmon period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America. The inhabitants of Japan experienced a long period of relative isolation from the outside world during the Tokugawa Shogunate after Japanese missions to Imperial China, until the arrival of "The Black Ships" and the Meiji period.
Introducing Landscape of Four Seasons: Winter (Muromachi period, 15th century) by Sesshū Tōyō, Tokyo National Museum; The Mazarin Chest (ca. 1640 – 1644), artist Unknown, Victoria and Albert Museum; Kanō Eisen'in Hisanobu, a copy of the celebrated handscroll Landscapes of the Four Seasons originally painted in 1486 by artist Sesshū Tōyō, by Kanō Eisen'in Hisanobu (1810); This is Number 57 of "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo," composed of 119 landscape and genre of mid-19th-century Edo in ukiyo-e color woodcut.No 57, Grounds of Kameido Tenjin Shrine, out of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,” composed of 119 landscape and genre of mid-19th century Edo (1856) by Utagawa Hiroshige, Cincinnati Art Museum; Landscape with a Castle (c. 1895) by Hashimoto Gaho, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; and finally Mt. Penglai (Mountain of Immortals) (1924) by Tomioka Tessai, Adachi Museum of Art. Each piece reflects an era in Japan of tradition and change, with influence from the outside world while deep cultural roots were kept in tack.
Painting has been an art [form] in Japan for a very long time: the brush is a traditional writing and painting tool, and the extension of that to its use as an artist's tool was probably natural. Japanese painters are often categorized by what they[‘ve] painted, as most of them constrained themselves solely to subjects such as animals, landscapes, or figures. Native Japanese painting techniques are still in use today, as well as techniques adopted from continental Asia and from the West. Schools of painting such as the Kanō school of the 16th century became known for their bold brush strokes and contrast between light and dark, especially after Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Leyasu began to use this style.
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