Nihonga100 is an online collaboration between 4 people living in different countries across the globe with one common passion: Nihonga (日本画).

Nihonga was a term coined during the Meiji period and used primarily for categorical differentiation- Western-style painting ( 洋画 yoga) and Japanese-style painting. During this time, Western painting was on the rise and created opposing factions alluding to different ideologies. Within Nihonga itself, new and old factions were created with the latter seeking a synthesis between Japan’s rich heritage of pictorial traditions and western visual techniques.

A static definition of Nihonga is challenging as it evolves together with the changing historical and societal conditions through the pre-and post-war years. There are no specific styles or themes unique to Nihonga, particularly with contemporary works.  Given the relative minor attention it has received in contemporary Japanese art and also in the international arena, it remains one of the least well-known genre of Japanese art. Within Japan itself, confusion is abound on whether it is Sumi-e (ink painting) or even Ukiyo-e (woodblock print). This is perhaps due to its all encompassing name- Nihon-ga (literally taken to mean pictures of Japan). While Nihonga is influenced by different schools of traditional Japanese painting, it was a new genre created from the Meiji period onwards, making it a truly modern Japanese art movement.

The fundamental definition of Nihonga would be the usage of traditional materials like Japanese paper , slik, gold and silver leaf , pigments (both natural and synthetic) and animal glue. Although contemporary artists now challenge these mediums by introducing new media, Nihonga is said to capture the essence of Japanese-ness and of displaying kokoro (heart). This explains why many paintings in this genre from Meiji period on often depict Japanese scenery,  events and figures.  But what happens when a non-Japanese artist produces a work in the style of Nihonga. Is that still called Nihonga? I would like to pose this as food for thought.

Through our online project, we hope to share our discoveries, notes, essays on Nihonga and introduce both Japanese and foreign artists painting in this tradition. It is hoped that through Nihonga100, this beautiful artform reaches a wider audience than where it all began.

(by Eve Loh Kazuhara)

Nihonga 100 :異なる国々に住む4人が日本画という共通の情熱をもとに立ち上げられたオンラインコラボレーションです。

日本画は墨絵や水墨画と 混同されがちですが、 明治期に洋画に対する「日本画」という ジャンルが確立した近世の概念です。この頃はすでに洋画は盛んになり、新たに日本画の意義が問われました。日本画では伝統素材である、和紙、金箔、銀箔、 そして岩絵具が用いられ、テーマとして日本的な本質を描いたもの、大和絵に見られるような日本の花、風景を特徴とするものが多く扱われます。

このオンライプロジェクトでは、日本画に関する記事、エッセイを通して、新たな発見を共有化を目指します。そして日本の伝統技法によって制作を続ける日本 人と海外の作家を紹介していきます。 Nihonga100があらゆる可能性へのはじまりとなり、日本画が世界への広まりとなるよう期待いたします。

Nihonga100 est une collaboration en ligne entre 4 personnes vivant dans des pays différents à travers le monde avec une passion commune :Le Nihonga

A ne pas confondre avec Sumi-e ou Suibokuga (peinture à l’encre), le Nihonga est un terme inventé pendant la période Meiji.A l’époque ou la peinture Occidentale était de plus en plus présente, le Nihonga a été défini pour être ce que la peinture Occidentale 洋画 yoga n’était pas. Le Nihonga utilise des matériaux traditionnels comme le papier japonais, la feuille d’or et d’argent et des pigments naturels. Les peintures nihonga capturent l’essence de l’âme japonaise. Ceci explique pourquoi beaucoup de peintures dans ce genre sont souvent citées et dépeignent Yamato-e (les peintures de thème japonaises de temps médiévaux), la flore natale, le paysage japonais, les personages.

Par notre projet en ligne, nous espérons partager nos découvertes, notes, des essais sur le Nihonga et présenter des artistes tant japonais qu’étrangers peignant dans cette tradition. Nous souhaitons que par Nihonga100, cette belle forme d’art atteigne un auditoire plus large que là où tout a commencé.


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  1. toranosuke says:

    Hello, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can read a bit more about what it’s all about here.

    If you’d like to pass it along, write a new post answering the questions I pose in my post here, and nominate 11 other bloggers, asking your own 11 questions. (And if you’d rather not bother, that’s fine too!)

    Looking forward to future posts!

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