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Art of Later Japan Ashikaga Family = Shogun (general- in-chief) 1392-1568 Common Japanese Aesthetics 1. Love of natural materials 2. Taste for symmetry 3. Sense of humor (lol!) 4. Tolerance of paradoxical/contradictory qualities *paradoxical: seemingly absurd Muromachi Period • Marked the ascendance of Zen Buddhism, peaking the Samurai’s interest. • Overcame Pure Land Buddhism, which rose in the latter of the Heian Period (794-1185). Ink Painting • Ink paintings transitioned from a harsh style to a subtle, Zen-like style during Muromachi. • The subjects changed from Monks and Teachers to Chinese-style landscapes. • Landscape painted by Bunsei • Muromachi period • mid - 15th cent. • Ink on hanging scroll • Depicts atmospheric perspective • The white is read as water, illustrating the pure, lonely, and serene spirit of Zen-Buddhism. • Winter Landscape by Sesshu • Muromachi Period - 1470’s • Ink on Paper • Traveled extensively as a Buddhist monk • Literati: a style that marks the taste of the educated class in East Asia. • Sesshu was NOT influenced by literati. • Calligraphy Pair by Ikkyu • Muromachi Period mid. 15th century • Ink on paper • A very free expression of traditional calligraphy • “Abjure evil, practice only the good.” See any similarities?
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