About Japanese-style painting

Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) is a painting that draws on traditional Japanese style.

Seiki Kuroda, a Japanese who studied painting in Paris, exhibited at the Salon National des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1893. He popularized European painting style in Japan. Therefore, the style that was drawn in Japan until then has come to be called Japanese painting. Few Japanese can explain the technique of Japanese painting. In Japan, except for art-related specialized departments, Japanese painting is not taught in art education up to age of 18. Art materials are very expensive and it is difficult to secure specialized teachers. Impressionist painters were able to produce outdoors because of the development of tube paints. Until then, even in Europe, painters made their own paints. In Japanese -style painting, the painter makes his own paints one by one. Formulate the pigments and adhesives yourself. IWAENOGU (Particulate paint made by crushing ore), GOFUN(Calcium carbonate-based pigment made from shells), The adhesive that attaches these pigments to Japanese paper is NIKAWA. NIKAWA is mainly composed of gelatin and the raw material is animal skin. One that Mayumi used for her work this time is extracted from cow or deer skin, but I used a little fish skin. Does not dissolve as much as watercolors, It is possible to layer paints thinly and color them many times. Mayumi's painting is drawn with traditional Japanese -style painting materials, The expression and technique are influenced by European style. This is a common tendency among young Japanese -style painters today.