24 Facts About Japanese art


Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, ceramics, origami, and more recently manga and anime.

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Over time the Japanese art developed the ability to absorb, imitate, and finally assimilate those elements of foreign culture that complemented their aesthetic preferences.

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Until modern times, the Japanese wrote with a brush rather than a pen, and their familiarity with brush techniques has made them particularly sensitive to the values and aesthetics of painting.

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The Japanese, in this period, found sculpture a much less sympathetic medium for artistic expression; most large Japanese sculpture is associated with religion, and the medium's use declined with the lessening importance of traditional Buddhism.

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The Japanese recognized the facets of Chinese culture that could profitably be incorporated into their own: a system for converting ideas and sounds into writing; historiography; complex theories of government, such as an effective bureaucracy; and, most important for the arts, new technologies, new building techniques, more advanced methods of casting in bronze, and new techniques and media for painting.

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Raigo paintings on the wooden doors of the Ho-o-do, depicting the Descent of the Amida Buddha, are an early example of Yamato-e, Japanese art-style painting, and contain representations of the scenery around Kyoto.

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Japanese art's sixfold screen, Pine Wood, is a masterly rendering in monochrome ink of a grove of trees enveloped in mist.

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Ukiyo-e and nanga: The school of Japanese art best known in the West is that of the ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints of the demimonde, the world of the kabuki theater and the pleasure districts.

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Traditional, mostly stoneware, styles continued in many parts of Japan, but Japanese ceramics were transformed around the start of the Edo period, by a large influx of Korean potters, captured or persuaded to emigrate in the course of the Japanese invasions of Korea in the 1590s.

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In Europe and America, the new availability of Japanese art led to a fascination for Japanese culture; a craze known in Europe as Japonisme.

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Japanese art enamels were regarded as unequalled thanks to the new achievements in design and colouring.

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Lacquer from Japanese art workshops was recognised as technically superior to what could be produced anywhere else in the world.

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At the start of the Meiji era, Japanese metalwork was almost totally unknown outside the country, unlike lacquer and porcelain which had previously been exported.

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International exhibitions brought Japanese art cast bronze to a new foreign audience, attracting strong praise.

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Proliferation of new types of art was supported by the tremendous growth of Japan's economy in the 1960s, remembered as the "Japanese economic miracle.

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Triumph of the new forms of Japanese art was cemented at the 1970 Osaka World's Fair, where dozens of avant-garde and conceptual artists were hired to design pavilions and artistic experiences for fair-goers.

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Japanese avant-garde art had gone global, and had become something even the conservative government was proud to display to the world.

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Japanese contemporary art takes as many forms and expresses as many different ideas as worldwide contemporary art in general.

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Japanese art's pieces take a multitude of forms, from painting to sculpture, some truly massive in size.

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Japanese art, valued not only for its simplicity but for its colorful exuberance, has considerably influenced 19th-century Western painting and 20th-century Western architecture.

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Japanese art began defining such aesthetic ideas in a number of evocative phrases by at least the 10th or 11th century.

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Japanese art has been influenced by the increasing role of the nation's mass-culture art in global pop culture.

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Traditional Japanese art Aesthetics are forms of beauty in Japanese art culture that derive from the earliest centuries.

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Japanese art buyers swept the Western art markets in the late 1980s, paying record highs for impressionist paintings and US$51.

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