By the Lake (Lakeside), Kuroda Seiki
Plein Air, oil on canvas
1897, Meiji Period
Kuroda Seiki - Born in Kagoshima, the son of a samurai of the Kagoshima Clan. He became adopted heir to his uncle, Kiyotsuna Kuroda, and moved to Tokyo. In 1884, he went to France to study under Raphael Collin. In 1896, after returning to Japan, he established Hakubakai (the White Horse Society). The bright style painting of Plein-airism had a great influence on Japanese painting circles. Kuroda became a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1898, and founded Bunten (Monbusho Bijutsu Tenrankai: Ministry of Education Fine Arts Exhibition) in 1907. In 1910, he became the first teishitsu gigeiin (Imperial artist) among Western-style painters. In 1919, he became a member of Teikoku Bijutsu-in and became president in 1922. Not only did he promote enlightenment and education in Western-style painting; he also worked to establishing it as an academic discipline. In 1920, he was appointed as member of the House of Peers. His representative works include “Dokusho" (Woman Reading), "Maiko" (A Maiko Girl), and "Kohan" (Lakeside).
Guanyin Porcelain Sculpture on an English Candle stand
18th century, Qing Dynasty, Dehua ware.
Art and text panels seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
nikkiagent asked: Hi! I was wondering if you could speak to the evolution of artistic styles on the Indian Subcontinent or if you could point me in the direction of any good sources on this subject. Thank You!
I can’t speak to the readability of it (having not read it myself) but I’d recommend potentially browsing India: Art and Culture 1300-1900.
You can download it or read the PDF online from The Met for free, here.
Burial Mask, Liao Dynasty (Northern China), 1018 or earlier
From the Tomb of Princess Chen at Qinglongshanzhen
Asianhistory reads: Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China’s Liao Empire (907-1125).
Oftentimes I get questions for recommendations on this blog for topics I’m not currently studying. However, this year I have the wonderful opportunity to do an independent study with one of my professors. This gives me quite a bit of freedom in choosing my reading material (It needs to be about decorative arts and material culture, but aside from that, I’m studying what interests me), so I thought I would share in what I’m reading.
Gilded Splendor is a book I found within my University’s library (It’s upwards of $150 on Amazon used, so I suggest if you want to read it, you search for it at your local library as well). It’s a stunning book on the Liao Empire, covering archaeology, architecture, Buddhist texts, and a detailed catalogue of Liao pieces, as well as maps, developmental benchmarks, and a chronology of Dynastic China. The pictures are often full-page, it’s completely in color, and it’s well put-together and a pleasure to browse through.
If you don’t have access to this book in a library however, have no fear! They also have a wonderful website to accompany it, where you can view some of the pieces and their essays in both German and English.
Gilded Splendor. If you have books you could recommend me, feel free to submit them to my ask box!
lookatthiswebiwove asked: Hi! Just wanted to let you know that the British Museum is doing a Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art exhibition from 3rd October to 5th January because I thought you might be interested. :-)
That sounds amazing!
The link to the exhibition is here and here.
[Top] Autumnal Colors On the Chiao and Hua Mountains. Zhao Mengfu.
— a descendant of the Song Dynasty royal family, Zhao Mengfu joined the court of the Yuan Dynasty Emperor. He rose to cabinet minister, and secretary of the Art Academy. Despite his stigma as a collaborator with the Yuan, he is one of the most well established Calligraphers in all of China.
There is a long inscription written by Zhao Mengfu explaining why he wrote the painting, and this is again an Archaic pursuit of portraying landscape “blue and green” style. He disregarded correct size for relationships and made things purposefully out of scale. This is not pursuant of beauty to be appreciated by the viewers, and denied the possibility of romantic landscapes. The landscape is austere, even bleak. The artist most prized the antiquity or ancient style displayed in his painting - rather than its modern techniques or maturity.
[Bottom] Bamboo Groves in Mist and Rain. 1308. Guan Daosheng.
Zhao Mengfu’s wife, Guan Daosheng learned from her husband how to paint; many female painters learned from literati family or teachers.
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