japonese art

Jiun Onko (1718 - 1804)Daruma: “I do not know”Ink on paper, 25 x 104.5 cmWith the artist’s sealsProvenance:Tohara Ideo collection, OsakaExhibitions:“Schrift und Bild”, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 1963This painting represents the first Zen patriarch, often referred to as Daruma in Japanese, but more properly called by his Sanskrit name Bodhidharma. He is believed to have been moved from India to China in the fifth and sixth century and there, through meditation, finally came to understand the Buddhist law (dharma). This is why...

Mino Ware, Oribe StyleA green glazed stoneware Oribe footed square serving dish decorated with iron wash grape leaves and geometric patternsMomoyama to Edo period, Early 17th century 20 by 18 by 5.7 cm With a tactile surface texture decorated with an asymmetrical design painted between green-glazed areas, this dish is a typical example of Green Oribe (ao-oribe) ware. The glaze fired to a vivid color flows down to the side walls pooling in rich, deep green lakes at the bottom on two opposite corners and the white strip in between is decorated in a brown iron wash with grape branches...

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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