art japanese

Kamiyoshi Fukanobu (1786-1851)
Higo KamiyoshiAttributed to Kamiyoshi Fukanobu (1786-1851)Early 19th centuryKage-cho sukashi tsuba Tsuba of almost circular form, pierced with formalized butterflies, in a symmetrical design, the iron of fine quality.The design derives from the Ko-Shoami tsuba mounted on Hosokawa Sansai's favourite kasen-goshirae. To the left and right, it shows large sukashi in the form of a butterfly and the eyeballs reaching towards the seppadai form a unique design of which Sansai was very fond.A similar example by Fukanobu is preserved at the Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum.The tsuba is...

Nantembō Nakahara (1839-1925)“Hey, listen”, 1923Ink on paper, 117.5 x 30.5 cm Mounts 208 x 48 cm Nantembō’s handprint is a rare form of self-portrait and together a strong expression of zen art. In fact, the purpose of this kind of calligraphy is to awaken the viewer and this direct command together with the physical image of the hand is certainly able to reach our deep conscience.Hand prints had been used together with calligraphy in the Edo period and Tibetan abbots sometimes pressed their hands on the back of tanka scrolls in order to certify their blessings....

Kamisaka Sekka
Waiting by a treeKamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)Hanging scroll, ink, and pigments on paper. Painting: 134 by 30,5 cmMounts: 200 x 48 cm This painting represents a man waiting under a dark tree. The composition is extremely simple but suggestive. The artist, with few elements, can, in fact, create a vivid and dynamic scene, based on the tension between the strong ink stain that renders the tree and the elegant figure of the man, dressed in an aristocratic robe.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in...

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