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Nihonga

Near the end of the 19th century, Japan was in the throws of massive cultural change — trade with the Western world,  the spread of the telegraph, and major military growth sparked the Meiji period. Japanese art was also in flux, with a new style known as Yōga introducing Western techniques. But tradition runs deep in Japan, and a counter-style developed, called Nihonga — defined by a return to centuries-old artistic mediums, techniques and compositions. Nihonga is not really a movement, it's closer to a philosophy, and as such it persists to this day.

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Hydrangeas, 紫陽花

Hydrangeas, 紫陽花

Hishida Shunsō1902
Cat and Plum Blossoms, 猫梅

Cat and Plum Blossoms, 猫梅

Hishida Shunsō1906
Bodhisattva Kenshu, 賢首菩薩

Bodhisattva Kenshu, 賢首菩薩

Hishida Shunsō1907
Fallen Leaves, 落ち葉 (Ochiba)

Fallen Leaves, 落ち葉 (Ochiba)

Hishida Shunsō1909

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