Japonisme: Western Fever for Japanese Art and CultureAugust 27, 2021
During the mid 19th and 20th centuries, Western art saw the birth of Japonisme. The term was coined by Philippe Burty in 1872 and it refers to the craze of Japanese culture in Europe. In a time when...
Superfab, Superflat! The Most Renowned Works by Takashi MurakamiAugust 26, 2021
Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist best known for his collaborations with multiple fashion brands and famous singers. You may know him from his 2019 collab with Billie Eilish, for the music video of You Should See Me...
10 Beautiful Kimono from the Victoria & Albert Museum CollectionAugust 26, 2021
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is one of the leading museums focusing on art and design. It’s special for me due to the vast range of their collection, excluding no material or technique. V&A collects everything...
Japan’s Greatest Masterpiece: (Thirty) Six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika HokusaiAugust 25, 2021
Everyone knows The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the print created by the Japanese Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. But not everyone knows that The Great Wave comes from a series of 46 prints, depicting the views of Mount Fuji from different locations in...
An Important Concept: Shadows in Japanese CultureAugust 24, 2021
Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1886-1965) was an important Japanese writer, mainly during the Shōwa period. One of the author’s most important essays is In Praise of Shadows, first published in 1933. It comprises the author’s views on the importance of...
The Beauty of Folding Screens: Namban Byōbu of JapanAugust 23, 2021
Masterfully crafted into hinged leaves and enclosed within a lacquer frame, the Japanese Namban folding screens or the Namban byōbu contain a fascinating visual record of the arrival of Portuguese ships at the island of Kyushu in 1543....
Top 5 Most Famous Print Series in ArtAugust 11, 2021
Printmaking, the art of printing artworks on paper, developed in the 15th century when paper became widely available in Europe. Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized the availability of knowledge and the way it was shared. Artists all over Europe...
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