Friday, November 8, 2019

Yōga Painting

Old Woman (1908) Wada Eisaku
At various stages of Japan's history, artists have been interested in trying out European approaches to shading, perspective, and color.

Flower basket of Takahashi, 1879
After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the Western style became known as Yōga painting, distinguished from Nihonga painting, which is a more traditional Japanese approach.

Shoemaker by Harada Naojiro (1863-1899)
According to The Art Story, "These new techniques introduced the employment of perspective, a push toward oil painting, lithography, pastels, watercolors, sketching, and the practice of plein air painting, and the incorporation of decidedly Western motifs and subjects."
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Yōga painting on Wikipedia (in German)
Previous post on Nihonga painting

5 comments:

Jim Douglas said...

So wonderful to see artists borrow from other artists. What better way to see the common humanity shared by us all.

Mario said...

Slightly off-topic, but a fascinating mix of western and eastern (chinese, in this case) art can be found in the works by Giuseppe Castiglione:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Castiglione_(Jesuit_painter)

Aljoša said...

James, do you know why they call it "Yōga" painting?

Andra said...

The kanji for this word is interesting - first kanji means foreign, Western style, second one means picture, third one means expert, performer. https://jisho.org/word/%E6%B4%8B%E7%94%BB%E5%AE%B6
I'm planning a trip to Japan, so am trying to learn some Japanese, hence the interest.

Aljoša said...

@Andra, thank you. That explains it.