Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei’s Japan at National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool’s Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei’s Japan exhibition, Oct 4, 2019—Apr 13, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts83MQcSJIM<br /><!– Japa Link Unit 2 –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3791981835″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> Taki Katei (1830-1901) is a Japanese painter in the Meiji period (1868-1921) who became famous for his elegant Kacho-ga (painting of flowers and birds) with Mokkotsu (painting without an outline) Technique. He became a disciple of Ooka Umpo (1765-1848) at the age of 16, and travelled to Nagasaki to study, interacting with Tetsuo Somon (1791-1871), Kinoshita Itsuun (1799-1866), and Chen Yizhou (?-?) in 1850, and studied Chinese painting.  Once a celebrated artist in Tokyo, Taki Katei’s paintings were displayed in Read more about Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei’s Japan at National Museums Liverpool[…]

American museums owing Hokusai’s famous wave prints

“The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai in US <a data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default” href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg”> <img width=”519″ height=”376″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg?w=519&amp;ssl=1 519w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg?resize=300%2C217&amp;ssl=1 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 519px) 100vw, 519px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japa Link Unit 2 –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3791981835″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, one of the most famous works of art in Japan, was created by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and published in the series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” prints. Related Posts Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai: biography, facts, and works All prints of “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” Description about The Great Wave Off Kanagawa  This work, which influenced Van Gogh and other Impressionist Read more about American museums owing Hokusai’s famous wave prints[…]

Strawberry geranium and Toad, and Flounder and Dianthus by Katsushika Hokusai

Hokusai’s painting, “Strawberry geranium and Toad”, and “Flounder and Dianthus” <a data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default” href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/800px-Hokusai_Flat_fish_and_pink.jpg”> <img width=”640″ height=”233″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/800px-Hokusai_Flat_fish_and_pink.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/800px-Hokusai_Flat_fish_and_pink.jpg?w=800&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/800px-Hokusai_Flat_fish_and_pink.jpg?resize=300%2C109&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/800px-Hokusai_Flat_fish_and_pink.jpg?resize=768%2C279&amp;ssl=1 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /></p> <h2>”Strawberry Geranium and Toad”</h2> <p>Eaves tile with Mistutomoe Crest which is often used for shrines is  buried in soil and has moss. A toad is trying to get over the tile. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) brilliantly described the moment that the toad is puting his forefeet out of the way, raising his right hind leg, and trying to climb on the tile. We can see a strawberry Read more about Strawberry geranium and Toad, and Flounder and Dianthus by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Hokusai’s Carps and Turtles painting

Carps and Turtles painting by Katsushika Hokusai <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”178″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps-1024×284.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=1024%2C284&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=150%2C42&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=300%2C83&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=768%2C213&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> This painting is an original handpainting depicting carps and turtles swimming underwater by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).  Water plants have colors, but most of the objects are drawn with shades of ink like an ink painting. It is characterized by the unique expression for the faces and the scales regularly drawn. That represents Hokusai’s worldview rather than depicting the actual carp. On the left side of Read more about Hokusai’s Carps and Turtles painting[…]

Views in and around the city of Kyoto, by Kano Eitoku

Kanō Eitoku’s “Views in and around the city of Kyoto” Folding Screen <figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”286″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4-1024×457.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4.jpg?resize=1024%2C457&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4.jpg?resize=150%2C67&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4.jpg?resize=300%2C134&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4.jpg?resize=768%2C343&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/edf392c1767b47f2d3ece6d2fdd4acb4.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <figcaption>Left Screen</figcaption> </figure> <figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”279″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c-1024×447.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c.jpg?resize=1024%2C447&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c.jpg?resize=150%2C66&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c.jpg?resize=300%2C131&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c.jpg?resize=768%2C335&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/52bfaf8db6d8a5637c825ef4864b3a2c.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <figcaption>Right Screen This work is a folding screen picture said to have been drawn by Kanō Eitoku (1543-1590) at the age of 23, and is famous for being presented to Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578) by Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) who were daimyo in the Warring States period. Read more about Views in and around the city of Kyoto, by Kano Eitoku[…]

Miyamoto Musashi Beating Whale by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

“Sakata Kaidomaru” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”306″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale-1024×490.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?resize=150%2C72&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?resize=300%2C144&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?resize=768%2C368&amp;ssl=1 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> This work is an ukiyo-e print that Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s (1798-1861)  drew the swordsman in the early Edo Period, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645). Kuniyoshi made the prints based on the legend of the extermination of whales. The large whale lays down on the three-panels screen, and the white splashes express the whale’s intense movement. The sea surface is rising like a wall and rough enough to lose our sense of equilibrium, Read more about Miyamoto Musashi Beating Whale by Utagawa Kuniyoshi[…]

Plum Blossoms and Moon by Itō Jakuchū

Itō Jakuchū’s Plum Blossoms and Moon from “Animal and Plants in Colors” <img width=”640″ height=”854″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/b6723c4963d6eee93303a99561dd45b0.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/b6723c4963d6eee93303a99561dd45b0.jpg?w=767&amp;ssl=1 767w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/b6723c4963d6eee93303a99561dd45b0.jpg?resize=112%2C150&amp;ssl=1 112w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/b6723c4963d6eee93303a99561dd45b0.jpg?resize=225%2C300&amp;ssl=1 225w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) , who painted this extremely gruesome, dreamlike image, was counted as one of the Three Eccentrics of the Edo period, together with Soga Shōhaku (1730– 1781) and Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754–1799). In 1755, Itō Jakuchū  drew a picture of a composition similar to this work, called “Moon and Plum Blossoms.” However, he emphasized the shade of the petals and expressed it in a complicated way in this Read more about Plum Blossoms and Moon by Itō Jakuchū[…]

Cactus and Domestic Fowls by Itō Jakuchū

Cactus and Domestic Fowls, by Itō Jakuchū <figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”196″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e-1024×314.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg?resize=1024%2C314&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg?resize=150%2C46&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg?resize=300%2C92&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg?resize=768%2C236&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ito_Fusuma-e.jpg?w=1920&amp;ssl=1 1920w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> Cactus and Domestic Fowls is a later work of Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800). The chickens on the 6th screen are making a triangle, which is a stable composition. But the deformed cactus and chicken’s tail feathers shake the composition. A free-looking chicken is one of the themes of ink painting, but he added bright colors and delicate depictions to it.  He Read more about Cactus and Domestic Fowls by Itō Jakuchū[…]

Lotus Pond and Fish by Itō Jakuchū

Fish in a Lotus Pond, from “Animals and Plans in Colors”, by Itō Jakuchū <img width=”400″ height=”700″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lotus_Pond_and_Fish_from_the_Colorful_Realm_of_Living_Beings_by_Ito_Jakuchu.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lotus_Pond_and_Fish_from_the_Colorful_Realm_of_Living_Beings_by_Ito_Jakuchu.jpg?w=400&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lotus_Pond_and_Fish_from_the_Colorful_Realm_of_Living_Beings_by_Ito_Jakuchu.jpg?resize=86%2C150&amp;ssl=1 86w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lotus_Pond_and_Fish_from_the_Colorful_Realm_of_Living_Beings_by_Ito_Jakuchu.jpg?resize=171%2C300&amp;ssl=1 171w” sizes=”(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px” /> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> People who look at Fish in a Lotus Pond are confused because they do not know what point of view they are looking at. Are we looking into the pond or looking at the fishes swimming in front of us in the water?Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) ​ might have produced this work based on Chinese painting, but the distorted space on the screen is his original device.  Read more about Lotus Pond and Fish by Itō Jakuchū[…]

Suzuki Kiitsu’s Mountain Stream of Summer and Autumn

Flowering Plants and Stream of Summer and Autumn by Suzuki Kiitsu <figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Summer.tif.png” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”284″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Summer.tif-1024×455.png” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Summer.tif.png?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Summer.tif.png?resize=150%2C67&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Summer.tif.png?resize=300%2C133&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Summer.tif.png?resize=768%2C341&amp;ssl=1 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <figcaption>Summer</figcaption> </figure> <figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Autumn.tif.png” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”283″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Autumn.tif-1024×452.png” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Autumn.tif.png?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Autumn.tif.png?resize=150%2C66&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Autumn.tif.png?resize=300%2C132&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lossless-page1-1024px-Kiitsu_Mountainstream_Autumn.tif.png?resize=768%2C339&amp;ssl=1 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <figcaption>Autumn</figcaption> </figure> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> It is a masterpiece of Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858) depicting the flowing stream and the plants in the mountain. The works of Tawaraya Sōtatsu (1570-1643), the founder of the Rinpa School, are full of rich beauty. Read more about Suzuki Kiitsu’s Mountain Stream of Summer and Autumn[…]