Sunday, August 31, 2014

Japanese Ink Brush Painting

History of Sumi-e

The 2000 year-old art form of Japanese brush painting is spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism. Sumi-e's earliest practitioners were highly disciplined monks trained in the art of concentration, clarity, and simplicity. These early Zen Masters dedicated themselves to the art form with spiritual intensity through long years of serious reflection and strict discipline. Respect for Sumi-e's demands shaped their aesthetic direction.

Japanese Early 19th century -The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
19th century Japanese Ink Brush Painting (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Pair of cranes

Early 16th century ink brush landscape by Kangaku Shinso (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Calligraphy 月 "moon" by Hiroyuki NAKAJIMA, Japan

Hiroyuki Naka-Jima, Japan



Japanese Ink Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Japanese ink brush painting (The Fine Arts Museum of Boston)

painted daffodils by Sania Pell
Ink brush painting on cartridge paper by artist Sania Pell

For instructions and the history of Japanese ink brush painting, the best book by far is "Japanese Ink Painting: The Art of Sumi-e" by Naomi Okamoto (1996).

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