Teach Me, Master! What is Japanese Painting ?

What is “Japanese painting”? Some people may think that Japanese painting is difficult, serious and conventional. The term “Japanese painting,” however, is relatively recent. It spread throughout Japan, in contrast to the term “Western painting” during the Meiji Period. So, what is the difference between Japanese and Western painting styles? First of all, the materials are different. For Japanese painting, pictures are depicted mainly on washi, traditional Japanese paper, and silk, and coloring materials are sumi ink and natural mineral pigments. Tarashi-komi, an ink diffusion technique, and the morotai method are also unique to Japanese painting. Expressions taking advantage of beautiful lines and blank space imply the delicate Japanese aesthetic sense. This exhibition will provide the viewer with basic knowledge about Japanese painting, displaying modern Japanese painting masterpieces. The “teaching materials” will be works by Yokoyama Taikan, Takeuchi Seiho, Uemura Shoen and Kaburaki Kiyokata, who were great masters of the modern Japanese art world. Be sure to visit the exhibition, a special “class”, to learn about and enjoy Japanese painting through various masterpieces.

Last updated: 28 December, 2016

1 December, 2016 - 28 February, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. [October - March]

Adults 2,300yen / University Students 1,800yen / High School Students 1,000yen / Elementary or Junior High School Students 500yen


320, Furukawacho, Yasugi-shi, Shimane 692-0064

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