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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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Bodhisattva Kenshu, 賢首菩薩

Hishida Shunsō, 1907

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Hishida Shunsō, 1906

Fallen Leaves, 落ち葉 (Ochiba)

Hishida Shunsō, 1909

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Hishida Shunsō, 1902

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