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Japanese Art by Toshidama: Censorship and The Art of Woodblock

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Censorship and The Art of Woodblock By toshidama Posted by Alex Faulkner  The last show in 2013 of Japanese prints at the Toshidama Gallery is a collection of fine works from the nineteenth century. The first part of the exhibition is devoted to the fine series, A Comparison of The Ogura One Hundred Poets. That is followed by six Osaka […]

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Bunjinga (Nanga) and the impact of China and Korea upon Japanese Art: Edo Period

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Bunjinga (Nanga) and the impact of China and Korea within the Art World of Japan: Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Bunjinga school of thought ran deep within the literati of Japan during the Edo period. Bunjin (literati) artists trace their artistic roots to the literati of China during the Song Dynasty (960-1267). However, the differences […]

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Japanese Art and the Mystery of Isoda Koryusai

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Japanese Art and the Mystery of Isoda Koryusai  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Isoda Koryusai is a man of mystery even today because much remains up in the air about important aspects of his life. Koryusai was born in 1735 and died in 1790 and he was active during the 1760s and until a […]

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Art of France and Japan: Cezanne and Hokusai and the Mountainous Motif

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Cezanne and Hokusai and the Mountainous Motif By toshidama Here are two great artists of the nineteenth century – innovators, visionaries and both of them artists of great influence. Both Hokusai and Cezanne have in different ways exerted huge influence over the course of art, certainly in the west during the crucial period of the avante garde […]

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Japanese Art and Gyoshu Hayami: The Fusion of Ideas from China, Europe and Japan

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Japanese Art and Gyoshu Hayami: The Fusion of Ideas from China, Europe and Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The inquisitive nature of Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) ran through his veins because during his relatively short lifetime he searched and studied many different art forms. These art forms applied equally to classical art of the […]

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Japanese Art in a Changing Environment: Kuniyoshi, Landscapes and Tranquility

Japanese Art in a Changing Environment: Kuniyoshi, Landscapes and Tranquility  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his work was truly amazing and so powerful.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. Also, the winds of […]

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Japanese art and Gyoshu Hayami: Bunjinga, Rimpa, Yamato-e and Northern Renaissance

Japanese art and Gyoshu Hayami: Bunjinga, Rimpa, Yamato-e and Northern Renaissance Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) was born in the Meiji era whereby Japan entered a period of rapid modernization. However, his art belongs to the Taisho and Showa periods of Japanese history because he was too young to make an […]

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Japanese Art and the Andon: There is a Light That Never Goes Out

The Andon – There is a Light That Never Goes Out by toshidama   There are lots of things that appear in Japanese prints which we pass over without comment or surprise. Ukiyo prints are very particular in their setting, both in contemporary scenes and in historical prints where (without the internet) artists were very concerned […]

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Japanese Art and Culture: Isoda Koryusai and Unique Upbringing

Japanese Art and Culture: Isoda Koryusai and Unique Upbringing Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The ukiyo-e art of Isoda Koryusai highlights the richness of Japanese culture and his unique style and background is a wonder to behold. Indeed, individuals like Koryusai and Nishikawa Sukenobu bless the ukiyo-e art world because of their different perspectives. […]

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Hiroshige, Toyokuni, Kuniyoshi, Hirosada: Four Artists of the Ukiyo-e Scene

Hiroshige, Toyokuni, Kuniyoshi, Hirosada: Four Artists of the Ukiyo-e Scene By toshidama Toshidama Gallery is showing prints by four artists of the ukiyo-e scene, spanning the decades from 1810 to 1850. This first half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary expansion in woodblock printing in Japan as it moved from a niche art form to […]

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