art japanese

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
HAKUIN EKAKU (1685-1768)Mamezo Hotei (Hotei in the Guise of a Street Performer)Edo period (1615-1868), mid-18th century Hanging scroll depicting Hotei as a street entertainer, wearing a happy expression as he stands on his begging bag twirling a water-filled dish using a bamboo pole held in his mouth. Seals: 顧鑑咦 (Kogani); 白隠 (Hakuin) and 恵隺之印 (Ekakunoin)Ink on paper, 129 x 32 cm164 x 40.5 cm overall  The poem reads: 目に津可は津連てござれ奈江戸品河乃奥まても If I can catch you eyespleasetake meto the inner partof Shinagawa in Edo  Mamezo was originally the name of a beggar...

Tsuranari no katachi 9
Shigekazu Nagae (1953 - )“Tsuranari no katachi 9”Forms in succession # 9, 2012Porcelain, 21 by 41.5 by 36 cm Tsuranari no katachi is a series of white porcelain sculptures of silky and extremely thin silhouettes entwining each other. Each piece contains individually casted porcelain shapes, which are then intersected to create an organism of winding curves that seems to be flowing in the space. These forms are partly created by the natural twisting and warping in the kiln, as the fire completes the artist’s work. The final result is a sculpture that can be...

Rakuchū Rakugai ZuViews of Kyoto

Edo period, mid 17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, colors, and gold on paper
Each 121 by 282 cm  Folding screens depicting the ancient capital city of Kyoto and its surroundings (rakuchū rakugai zu) are among the most popular genres of Japanese painting. The broad surfaces of folding screens (byōbu) were ideally suited to the panoramic cityscape, as they afforded artists opportunities both to present sweeping vistas of the capital and to focus on details of everyday life in the city. Kyoto screens first appear in documents in the...

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