Paintings from Japan
The philosophy and hidden meanings of Japanese painting is a mysterious puzzle for Western mind. We enjoy and appreciate the beauty and technique, admire the apparent simplicity of an artwork, but each piece of Japanese fine art leaves a feeling that there is something more in the painting.
Main facts about art in Japan
It is very hard to sum up a several thousands of Japanese art when dozens of art schools and movements developed in several words. The history of Japanese art could be an independent discipline to learn for the years.
Art in Japan developed in different forms:
- pottery and sculpture;
- calligraphy on silk and paper and ink painting;
- woodblock prints;
- ukiyo-e painting;
- kirigami and origami.
The history of Japan is an alternation of periods of invasion by other countries and years of total isolation. This taught Japanese culture to accumulate the best examples of foreign art and adopt ideas that matched their tastes and art philosophy.
Up to the 9th century Japanese art developed under the strong influence of China, but later artists started to develop their own style. The period between 9th and 15th century was a time when both religious and secular art flourished.
Modern Japanese art
Painting has always been an important form of art in Japan, and even children at schools have quite serious art lessons where they learn to paint. In modern Japan there are many art schools, universities and colleges where arts are seriously studied and developed.
Art of contemporary Japan is very specific and unique. It is formed under the influence of mass pop culture but still has features of traditional art. As Japan is one of the most technologically developed countries with strong influence of traditions, the art couldn't be different there.
Nowadays the most popular Japanese art form is definitely manga, a Japanese style of comics book, and anime — a special cartoons that simply invaded the world. But more traditional art is still popular here, and develops under the influence of global trends so sometimes appears in quite shocking forms.
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