Modern Japanese Painting

Modern Japanese Painting

  • Submitted By: cnelson
  • Date Submitted: 05/24/2008 2:30 PM
  • Category: English
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Among my peers, art is often overlooked and is seldomly appreciated. Perhaps, with the subsequent information your interest will grow as mine did. During the end of the nineteenth century, also during the time of modern development in painting techniques, Japan entered the international world. Their culture made slight changes due to opposing virtues and renovating ideals pertaining to painting. Europe possessed many of the modernistic, innovative principles and inspired the Japanese tremendously. With the overwhelming influence of the European painting techniques, the Japanese style remained almost unaltered, yet accompanied with modernized standards.

The European style migrated to Japan and imposed on the traditional and ancient methods. As a result, the patrons of the ancient style denied the effectual, European ways of artistic expression. Thus, the Japanese culture divided into two worlds: Traditional and Modern Western.

The European form was not completely contradictory to the Japanese. However, the color hues, organization of motifs, and personal expression used showed great contrast. These elements were absent in Japanese paintings. The Japanese were considered archaic and anile according to the Europeans (Baker 199). Their artistic expression and reasons for the subject matter usage were constantly changing and refitting the most recent alterations in society (Gregg 757). They strive to find new ways of "representing the intrinsic beauty of nature as a higher synthesis of modern realism and characterism" (Microsoft). Symbolism and realism, "classical restraint and romantic passion" were elements attempting to apply itself to the primitive style and were used to reveal significant affinities (Microsoft).

Japanese painting, concerning artistic expression, was the preferred art form and was used to deal with mental tensions and inner thoughts. They were taught the "various rules of objective realism such as...

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