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Japanese poster and art

Japanese Ink brush painting by Nishiyama Reiun

Did you know that Mountains, hills and forests cover over two thirds of Japan, while residential and industrial areas account for less than ten percent of land area. Japan's natural scenery is truly diverse. The country is blessed with both mountains and seashores, and the climate varies depending on the location and the season. 
Japanese Ink brush painting is known and is famous for its gentle but precise stroke and how incredibly skillfully the Japanese nature renders. 

Japanese nature collection by Nishiyama Reiun tries to capture the natural essence and wonder of Japan through animals and scenery.

Two size of print are available now : A4 ( 8.27 × 11.69 inches ) and B4 ( 9.84 × 13.90 inches ).

Ukiyoe or "The floating world" collection

Ukiyoe Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings origin and history

You already know it, Japanese art has a long story. For us, the most beautiful one is without any doubt the Ukiyoe or the painting of "the floating world". What is Ukiyoe ? It is a movement in Japanese painting dating from between the 17th and 19th centuries in which scenes and objects from ordinary life were depicted. One of the most famous painting is "The Wave", created in 1831 by Hokusai. Are you looking for nice Japanese prints to buy?

We would like to propose you a selection of nice framed arts from the Ukiyoe japanese collection. We have chosen the most famous painters from the edo period. Because of their nice design, It would be perfect for a gift or in your living room. Actually, two size are available at affordable prices: A4 ( 8.27 × 11.69 inches ) and B4 ( 9.84 × 13.90 inches ).

More about Ukiyo-e : origin and history

In the history of Japanese painting, from the Heian period, there have been two major movements in art, Karae which was the Chinese style and Yamatoe which was the Japanese style.

Karae, was strongly influenced by Chinese paintings, which were of Chinese places or famous people using only black ink. 

On the other hand, Yamatoe was scenery such as the daily life of the common people painted with bright colors. 

Ukiyoe emerged from the tradition of Yamatoe in the Edo period. Ukiyo-e, stylistic school in Japanese painting and, especially, colored woodblock prints. The Ukiyoe, or “the floating world,” style was so called because it portrayed the shifting fashions and daily lives of common people and of actors, courtesans, and other inhabitants of the amusement district of Edo (Tokyo). The style coincides with the prosperous Edo period, from 1603 to 1867, when commoners could afford to buy moderately priced works of art. 

The painter and book illustrator Moronobu Hishikawa founded the Ukiyoe school with his hand-colored prints. He adapted traditional painting techniques to the medium of the woodblock print and revolutionized the art of the print in Japan. Ukiyoe reached artistic maturity after the advent, in the 1740’s, of the true color print, in which 2 or 3—and by the 1760’s, up to 20 or 30, separate woodblocks were used to color a single print with incredible subtlety. By 1800, the style had reached a peak with the brilliantly skillful work of the artist and actor Tōshūkai Sharaku, who specialized in prints of Kabuki actors, and Utamaro, who depicted women in all situations of life, including their occupations and daily activities.

In the 19 th century when ukiyoe was introduced in Europe, many painters noticed these aspects which they have never seen before in western paintings. The European painters known to be influenced by ukiyoe are Henri De Toulouse – Lautrec , Gustave Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh. Although the trend of ukiyoe ended at the beginning of the Meiji period, the style is still alive today in Japanese animation and comics.