First, there was Matsumura Goshun

Art Apr 23, 2019

First, there was Matsumura Goshun

by Matthew Larking

The recent focus on the vibrant idiosyncratic works of the Edo Period (1603-1868) eccentric painters has left the achievements more traditional masters in neglect. "Road to Shijo School" at the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City, is a welcome reparative.

Maruyama Okyo melded styles to pioneer a new path in art

Art Nov 15, 2016

Maruyama Okyo melded styles to pioneer a new path in art

by Yoko Haruhara

The 18th century was an exciting time for Japan. After unification in 1603, a remarkable spirit of innovation pervaded as urban centers grew and the arts flourished. The creativity came despite a policy of sakoku that the ruling Tokugawa shogunate enacted in 1633 to close ...