Maruyama Okyo's legacy of drawing from life

Art Nov 13, 2019

Maruyama Okyo's legacy of drawing from life

by Matthew Larking

In his 1808 book, "Chronicle of Audacity and Timidity" ("Tandai Shoshinroku"), scholar and poet Ueda Akinari satirized, "When Okyo came on the scene, sketching from life (shasei) became popular, and all the paintings in Kyoto began being done by the same method!" The realist impulse ...

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 ...