Kano Hogai Merciful Mother Kannon

Kanō Hōgai’s Merciful Mother Kannon

“Merciful Mother Kannon”     Kanō Hōgai (1828-1888) was born in the house of a painter who was a purveying painter to the Chofu Clan and was blessed with the talent for painting from a young age. While belonging to the Kanō school and acting as a painter of the shogunate, he learned ink paintings such as Sesshu.   Related Posts     When he was 54 years old, he met Fenollosa who appreciated Japanese paintings. Hōgai began to aim for the creation of new Japanese painting incorporating techniques such as aerial perspective and bright contrast.   “Merciful Mother Kannon” is his last work which he painted until 4 days before the death. The Read more about Kanō Hōgai’s Merciful Mother Kannon[…]

Hasegawa Tohaku pine tree

Hasegawa Tōhaku’s Pine Trees folding screen painting

“Pine Trees”     “Pine Trees” is said to be a work drawn by Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610) when he was in the 50s. And the painting is his masterpiece as well as a masterpiece of the early modern ink painting. It is rare examples reflected in Japan, the attitude of faithfulness to Mokkei (?-1269) who was a Chinese monk and painter in the Southern Song Dynasty.   He was working on the ceiling painting of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto around the age of 50, and he saw the Chinese monk’s painting at the temple and received a great shock. He trained hard at Daitokuji Temple to acquire the techniques of Mokkei’s ink painting. “Pine Read more about Hasegawa Tōhaku’s Pine Trees folding screen painting[…]

Maruyama Ōkyo’s “Pine Trees in Snow” folding screen painting

“Pine Trees in Snow”       Maruyama Ōkyo (1733-1795) was a painter who worked in the middle of the Edo Period (1603-1868) and established the Maruyama school. Before the appearance of Ōkyo, both the Sanshui painting and the flower and bird painting were to draw in accordance with the model.    Reference “Landscapes of Autumn and Winter” ink painting by Sesshu   However, he drew the subject with throughgoing observation. The sketch of him was very easy to understand and was widely supported by many people from the noble to the townspeople.   This picture, which is designated as a national treasure, is believed that Ōkyo produced by the request of Read more about Maruyama Ōkyo’s “Pine Trees in Snow” folding screen painting[…]

Yokoyama Taikan’s “Selflessness” painting

“Selflessness”   Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was a great painter in modern Japanese art. He was the first member who graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Taikan established the method of “Moro-tai” (drawing with vague line). Moronobu drew the whole body of the beauty at central bottom of the screen. There are plenty of space above her. The arrangement makes the woman so impressive. The vivid red kimono clothing on the plain background also emphasize her. “Selflessness” is Taikan’s early work. Selflessness is the core idea of Zen and the boy represents the enlightenment in Buddhism world. The pussy willows come into bud and the surface of the river is Read more about Yokoyama Taikan’s “Selflessness” painting[…]

Famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa painting by Katsushika Hokusai

The Japanese big wave art, No.21 The Great Wave off Kanagawa(kanagawa oki nami ura)     ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ (woodblock printing) is one of the most famous art not only of Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849)‘s prints but also throughout the country(but actually, there are quite a few Japanese who do not know the title of the picture…).   You might not be able to imagine from the powerful woodblock print, but when Hokusai drew the series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” including the wave painting, he was already over 70 years old.   The print influenced the western culture. Vincent Van Gogh acclaimed the artwork and Claude Debussy got the idea of the symphonic poem “La Mer Read more about Famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa painting by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 views of Mt.Fuji all prints and for sale

Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous prints series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who was one of the most active ukiyo-e artists in Edo Period, accomplished the Mt.Fuji arts series of “Fugaku Sanjurokkei”(Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) in early 18th century.      Viewing one by one, you should not get boared with them by his color usage and composition. Please click if you want to learn about the description of the woodblock printings   Click the images to read the discriptions!        Though nobody knows the exact production period, it seemed Katsushika Hokusai made the Mt. Fuji arts series from 1823 to 1831. And Nishimura-ya Yohachi pulbished the famous landscape woodblock printings.   Hokusai was already over Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 views of Mt.Fuji all prints and for sale[…]