japaneese art

Two panel folding screen with a winter landscapeLate Edo Period (1615-1867)171.5 x 187.5 cm The screen is decorated with a bamboo forest under a thick layer of snow.Bamboos are one of the favorites subjects in Japanese art since Muromachi period. Inspiring art and poetry, its appearance is elegant and the sound coming from the wind that creeps into its leaves is pleasant and relaxing. In zen philosophy, also, the bamboo has many different meanings: it bends but does not break, it is empty inside but hardy outside, and its section is a circular. In Japan this two elements, bamboo and...

Nanga waterfallOkuhara Seiko (1837-1913)Ink on silkPainting: 135.5 x 35 cmMounts: 188 x 58The hanging scroll shows a literati landscape in the nanga manner, with a long inscription and signed with three seals. The scene is dominated by a steep mountain, on which a waterfall is pouring. The style is quite naturalistic and impressionistic. The technique used by the artist to represent the climbing vegetation and splashing waterfall is small dark spots that create the illusion of depth and dynamism. Color inks are added to the black one and create red and bluish shades that underline...

Shikishi con iris
Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)Shikishi with irisPigments on silkWith sign and seal used by the artist from 1925 to 194024 x 27 cmIn this shikishi is represented a beautiful deep blue iris. In Japan, the iris is the flower linked to men because the shape of this flower’s leaves recalls a sword. Sekka excelled in the small size works in which the different subjects are represented in full size.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his...

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