a look at

Japanese Painting

japanese artworks

Buddhism was a large component in the creation of complex art in the 7th and 8th centuries in Japan.  Religious subject matter was common in ancient Japanese art, but art eventually extended to other subjects that reflected the daily life and environment of the local people.


Reading in a Bamboo Grove (1446) Tenshō Shūbun


Landscape of the Four Seasons (1486) Sesshū Tōyō 


Pine tree and flowering plants (1593) Hasegawa Tōhaku


Painting of a Cypress Tree (1590) Kanō Eitoku


Sekiya and Miotsukushi (1631) Tawaraya Sōtatsu


Red and White Plum Blossoms (1710) Ogata Kōrin


Three Beauties of the Present Day (1793) Kitagawa Utamaro


The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1829) Katsushika Hokusai


Abe-no-Nakamaro Writing a Nostalgic Poem While Viewing the Moon (1918) Tomioka Tessai


Abstract “Superflat” image Takashi Murakami