Nihonga, in other words Japanese painting, owes its origin to Chinese painting, from which it makes use of its material and tools.
This graphic art consists in using mineral pigments on paper or silk. Despite having integrated techniques from the West taught in China, Nihonga perpetuates the atmosphere of ancient painting, in colors and ways of brush strokes.
Several genres can be distinguished:
As manufacturing of materials and supports fades, as well as most oral-tradition related productions, Nihonga catches up with western painting. The themes remain however different.
Nihonga painters often build up a set of paintings around a traditional theme: flower, bird, wind and moon, kachōfūgetsu.
As time passes by, this genre expressed itself on a wide variety of supports: ceilings, walls, partition walls (fusuma), folding screens or small square-shaped cardboard supports, such as shikishi, or rectangle-shaped ones, like tanzaku.
A few symbolic pictures are suffiscient for suggesting rhythm of nature:
Each artwork, whichever theme it has, shows a spirit ready to give way to pure pictural pleasure.
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