History of Sumi-eThe 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.
|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)|
Hiroyuki Naka-Jima, Japan