日本を探索 (Exploring japan)

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“Exploring Japan” is a gallery created with the intentions to display the artwork of what can be depicted from early Japan. These art works contain features and sights including its nature, its cultures, and the beautiful scenery of what life looked like in Japan during the early times of the country.  

Sights in and around Kyoto, Unknown, 1615-1624, Original Source: Bureau of Public Enterprise Shimane Prefectural Government/Deposited in Shimane Art Museum
This piece is titled “Rakuchû rakugai-zu”, which is translated to “sights in and around Kyoto”, with the artist unknown and takes place during the early Edo period.The art shows the town of Kyoto from an arial perspective, which features homes, temples, and shops. From the painting, men and women of various age and class, can be seen gathered together. The time this painting was created is believed to be in the middle of the Genna period (1615-24).
Spring Day, Hashimoto Kansetsu, 1913, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
This piece is called “Spring Day” painted by artist Hashimoto Kansetsu in 1913. The painting depicts two people resting near tree accompanied by horses. Een though this does not display any particular part of Japan, you can see how beautifully the artist viewed his Japanese land by the golden leaf background popping out at the viewer.
Beni - Cosmetic in the Meiji Era, Kaburaki Kiyokata, 1928, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
This piece is titled “Beni; Cosmetic in the Meiji Era”, painted by Japanese artist Kaburaki Kiyokata in 1928. In this piece of art, a woman is applying beni (rouge) to her lips. You can tell the era of this painting was early japan because of the garments worn by the woman.
Japanese White-eye Dwelling in Snow, Sakakibara Shiho, 1947, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
Artist Sakakibara Shiho titles this piece of art “Japanese White-eye Dwelling in Snow”. With this painting, Shiho also wrote “Snow is silent. It is like poetry with no words and music with no sound.” and “…Buntings cannot make a difference in the snow, but silvereyes scattering snow to move from branch to branch have the rhythm. A beautiful world of flower and bird paintings is in such dynamism. This is what we should review in a new way.”. Again, this is another artist who sees the beauty and appreciation for Japanese wildlife.
Peonies, Sakakibara Shiho, 1938, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
This piece is titled “Peonies”, and was created by artist Sakakibara Shiho in the year 1938. The art shows a flower (which is called a peony) caught in the midst of blooming. The peony lives up to its second name, the“Fuki-so” (noble and wealthy flower). The artist has stated that he decided to add the small birds to lend “purity” to the artwork.
Autumn Leaves, Yokoyama Taikan, 1931, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
This piece of art is entitled “Autumn Leaves”, created by artist Yokoyama Taikan in the year 1931. What is shown here is another aerial view of Japan but showing more of its island side with the blue waters and is during the autumn season, which is shown by the red autumn leaves present up close in front to the viewer.
Woman Waiting for the Moon to Rise, Uemura Shoen, 1944, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
This piece is titled “Woman Waiting for the Moon to Rise” by artist Uemura Shoen in 1944. The art description entails a young married woman, is leaning on the banister and is waiting on the moon. Her black hair fuses perfectly with the white make up on her face. Her red “naga-juban” (which is underwear for a kimono) can be seen through her kimono and is greatly detailed by the artist. Facial wise, from what the viewer can see is greatly detailed from this particular angle and you can feel a sense of sadness. From the make up and the style of her kimono, you get a sense of vintage Japan from this painting.
Waterfall, Takeuchi Seiho, 1925, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
This work of art is titled “Waterfall”, painted by artist Takeuchi Seiho. This work depicts a waterfall hitting and splashing rocks in black and white with the use of fading, rather than using lines to express the water adding to its realism of this painting shows the nature residing in Japan and is a perfect example showing the country’s true beauty.
Morning in the Mountains/ Evening in the Mountains, Yokoyama Taikan, 1932, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
Another piece of art created by artist Yokoyama Taikan, this piece is titled “Morning of Mountains/ Evening of Mountains”. These are two pieces of art, showing mountains in both the morning and evening. The art was created using India Ink. In the first drawing, the sky is light and you can see the early morning fog, while in the second drawing the surroundings are much darker. Another use of realism in art, you can see the brushes in the mountains, which are 3 dimensional giving it that life like feel to it.
Mt. Fuji, Yokoyama Taikan, 1940, From the collection of: Adachi Museum of Art
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