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Impressionism is celebrated as a revolution in world art history in terms of technology as well as image thinking, but we still have to mention the Japanese trend with typical Wood carvings have influenced many of the typical artists in the West and contributed to a clearer definition of Impressionism in painting.
Japanese wood carving techniques (Ukiyo-e, in other words) began to appear in the late seventeenth century in the capital of Edo (present-day Tokyo) with monochrome prints. Later in the mid-eighteenth century, color prints flourished with the appearance of two masters in this area: Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. The objects in the painting are mainly girls, geisha, sumo fighters or kabuki actors. The subject exploited in the original painting is a life full of joy in the middle of prosperity: from entertainment to quiet scenes.
However, the landscape of nature, birds and trees began to flourish during the later stages of Japanese woodblock painting thanks to the great contributions of Hokusai and Hiroshige. If Hokusai was formally heavy, Hiroshige was more focused on expressing his mood through his works. Ukiyo-e will forever be Japan’s own treasure without the Western trade opening in 1853.
After Hokusai and Hiroshige died and the Europeanization of the Meiji reform in 1868 made ukiyo-e decline in both quality and quantity. While Japanese painting techniques became obsolete in the country, in the West, that traditional art began to become a fever because of its extremely different characteristics and content.
Claude Monet, the pioneer of the Impressionist school, coincidentally, is also one of the painter who had access to the earliest Japanese wood carvings when traveling to the Netherlands, stumbling upon gift wrapping papers ukiyo-e and later in the heart of Paris thanks to the International Exhibition in 1878. He became a collector of Japanese woodblock works, filling his walls in southern France with the paintings he collected.
Through a cut of art history, the more serious the learners’ learning is, the more it is merely mere copying. This is not really a cultural exchange between the East and the West when it is not yet a balanced exchange when the two artistic processes go against each other, but it is indispensable for the historical process to take new steps.
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Japan is a country that is well-known for its art culture and its long history. And when it comes to the unique art form, famous in the country of sunrise can not fail to mention the art of ceramics extremely unique here. Japanese ceramics are one of the oldest art forms in Japan, the art form dating back to Neolithic times, and the ceramics and porcelain products used in everyday life became popular.
Japanese ceramics are associated with many famous brands as well as famous artists such as Honami Koetsu, Ogata Kenzan … Since the 4th century, Japanese ceramics are strongly influenced by ceramics from China. and Korea. However, the Japanese ceramic artists have conveyed the value of foreign ceramic art into the traditional artistic values characteristic of cherry blossom country. Until the 20th century, the ceramic industry in Japan remained strong.
In the Neolithic period, the first ceramic products appeared in the form of a rope. By the 3rd-4th century BC, ceramic products were still simple or no shape at all. Until the second century AD, ceramic products from China began to appear. They are fired at temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius. Three-color ceramic firing techniques have appeared in Japan since the Tang period, into the eighth century. In 1223, Chinese ceramics techniques were widely applied with ceramic products burned at high temperatures.
From the 11th to the 16th centuries, Japan imported many ceramic products from China such as white enamel, blue plates, and Japan also imported products from Korea and Vietnam. Japanese ceramics are clearly shown in the art of tea ceremony has a long tradition in cherry blossom country. Up to the 20th century, Japanese ceramics have changed a lot with today’s modern ceramics, combining traditional techniques with modern values.
With the skill, sophistication in thinking and technical skill, the Japanese artisans have put their ceramic products into a unique artwork that is equally beautiful. To obtain beautiful and quality ceramic products requires the artisan to undergo a rigorous academic process and accumulate experience over a long period of time. The ceramic products of the Japanese are brought to use in life somewhat better than the culture here. Japanese ceramics is a gift of high artistic value can be donated to friends and relatives after the trip in the country of sunrise.
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It should come as no surprise that most people around the world agree that the artwork found in private collections and museums across the globe are priceless. These unique paintings make it extremely difficult to place a price on them as well. However, nearly every single day, art is bought and sold which brings is staggering price tags that most of us will never be able to afford. Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive paintings in the world just to give you an idea of what we are talking about.
Leonardo Da Vinci – Mona Lisa
There’s no denying that the Mona Lisa is priceless. It’s nearly impossible to put a price on this masterpiece, but in 1962 the painting by Leonardo Da Vince was insured for $100 million which was the highest at the time. When you look at today’s money, this would be somewhere around $700 million, making it the most expensive painting in the world. The portrait is believed to be Lisa Gherardini who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a Florentine cloth merchant.
Willem de Kooning – Interchange
In 2015, a billionaire hedge fund investor, Ken Griffin, procured two paintings from a successful business magnate, David Geffen, for a staggering $500 million. The first painting was the 1955 Interchange by Willem de Kooning. According to experts, the price of this abstract expressionist painting was valued at $300 million. Ken Griffin loaned Willem de Kooning’s painting to a museum allowing everyone has the opportunity to see it.
Paul Gauguin – Nafea Faa Ipoipo
In 1891, Paul Gauguin made his way to Tahiti where he fell in love with both the country and its women. In 1892, Paul Gauguin painted the Nafea Faa Ipoipo, a post-impressionist painting that depicted two women sitting in a landscape of blue, green, and gold. In 2015, this sensational artwork was in a private sale where it sold for around $300 million. Although the purchaser was never confirmed, most people believe it’s owned by the Qatar royal family.
Paul Cezanne – The Card Players
The Card Players painting forms part of a series of five which was produced by Paul Cezanne during his career. Most of his paintings are currently showcased in world-renowned museums, including London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, and Paris’ Musee D’Orsay. In 2012, art enthusiasts learned that the painting was privately sold for $250 million in 2011. In today’s money, that works out to $269 million. It’s been confirmed that the painting is in possession of the Qatar royal family.
Jackson Pollock – Number 17A
Do you remember the $500 million that was spent by Ken Griffin on two paintings from David Geffen’s collection? Well, this is the second painting he bought for a whopping $200 million. Jackson Pollock painted Number 17A in 1948 and features a wide range of bold colours, including orange blue, red, and yellow along with black and white splashes. Art enthusiasts can see the painting at the Art Institute of Chicago.