Paintings from Japan

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This Ukiyo-e piece is the most famous Japanese painting in its type. It represents a monstrous wave ascending over the two Japanese Boats. In the background is visible the infamous Mount Fuji (known for being active volcano mountain) covered with ice. The Great Wave of Kanagawa Analysis Ukiyo-e paintings are always very minimalistic, few colored, flat and yet impressive with its distinctive style. All of those characteristics are available in this picture. Due to the cumbersome process of making a Ukiyo-e, artists try to make a simple and with low colored painting. Contrary to that notion, Great Wave is comparatively rich with details and colors. The two boats with full of fishermen are called Oshiokuri-Bune. They are the fast boats which transports the live fishes […]

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Kyobashi Bridge Takegashi Wharf (Bamboo Yards, Kyōbashi Bridge in English) is a woodblock print by the famous Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige. It is a part of the famous series called “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” by the same artist. Out of the hundred pieces divided between seasons, this painting ranks at 76th number and falls under the section of ‘autumn’.  It is a Ukiyo-e painting, meaning the art of the floating world. Although, Hiroshige completed most of the paintings, after his death some leftover works were completed by Hiroshige II (student and adopted son of Hiroshige). The bridge shown in the painting is called Kyobashi (Capital Bridge in English) and was the only way of transportation over the Kyobashi River. It connected Nowadays the area […]

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