Nine Japanese Artists You Should Know About

When we think of Japanese art our minds probably go straight to the two dimensional, Chinese-influenced pictures of cranes and floating castles or the lurid and grotesque kabuki characters of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. But there is so much more to the broad scope of Japanese artwork than that. From sculpture to photography to graphic design, the country has spawned so many great artists that it would be impossible to list them all here. So, what you have below are a selection chosen by myself and my art-loving friends (a reason  that something should go some way to explaining as to why there is such a long chronological jump from ukiyo-e to contemporary) that should hopefully provide you with a good jumping-off point to explore the Japanese art world for yourself. Toyo Sesshu (1420-1506) If you close your eyes and imagine classical Japanese landscapes, there is a good chance that you are thinking of a piece by Sesshu Toyo. Perhaps the most prominent Japanese master of ink and wash painting of the middle Muromachi period, Sesshu eventually came to be considered one of the greatest Japanese artists of his time, widely revered throughout Japan and China. View of Ama-no-Hashidate (c. 1502–1505) With that said, although many paintings survive bearing Sesshū’s signature or seal, only a few can be confidently attributed to him. Katsushika (ca. 1760-1849) Perhaps best known for pushing colored woodblock printing away from the entertainment districts and into landscapes, Hokusai is particularly well celebrated for his Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji,…
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Nine Japanese Artists You Should Know About
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Nine Japanese Artists You Should Know About

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