The Beauty of Japanese Art

When I was sorting through some things recently, part of making space for my new nest in The Buttery, I found this delightful set of Japanese postcards.  I can’t remember where or when I bought them.  But I do know that I have had them for a long time.  There is no question of my actually using them as postcards – they are too nice to do anything with other than look at!

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Here is a picture of the pack folded out.  As usual, you can click on the image for a closer look, particularly if you want to read the blurb on the inside leaf, which gives some brief information about the background to these images.

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And here is a selection of some of the 30 images in the pack.  I could easily have copied every single one.  But these are among my favourites – ones which struck me as being particularly beautiful, interesting and/or noteworthy.

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Having rediscovered this pack, I was interested to come across this article about the availability online of many 19th Century Japanese woodcuts, courtesy of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.  What an amazing resource this is.  I can see myself spending many a happy hour browsing through these wonderful pictures.  Here is just one as a taster…

Minakuchi: At the Foot of Hiramatsuyama Mountain, Famous for its Pine Trees, no. 51 from the series Collection of Illustrations of Famous Places near the Fifty-Three Stations [Along the Tōkaidō] Utagawa Hiroshige, 1855
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10 thoughts on “The Beauty of Japanese Art

  1. Thank you, Liz! Japanese art is something that I want to look into in the coming year. When I went to Giverny in 2009, I was astonished to find that Monet had an extensive collection of Japanese art. It seems that there is a deep and spiritual connection to the earth, which would appeal to Monet. I think of that marvelous quote by Matsuo Basho: “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”

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    1. I am already looking forward to a fascinating journey with you about Japanese art – I can’t wait to see what next steps you will be taking. I also look forward to sharing more of the work I love from this fascinating culture. I agree that Monet would definitely have approved! 😀💕🌸

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  2. I don’t know much about Japanese art but just happened to be at the Boston MFA a couple years ago when they had a special exhibit of Hokusai’s work–it was amazing!

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    1. Oh, that must have been wonderful! 🙂

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  3. I was lucky enough to see, and study up close, three of the Japanese prints that influenced Monet and some of his contemporaries, when yesterday I visited the wonderful ‘Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse’ at London’s National Gallery. The prints are quiet, delicately designed but admirably strong in form and line. The final room of the exhibition has three enormous Monet ‘water lily’ paintings, reunited for the first time since Monet’s son sold them. The resulting fabulous wall of beautiful art, impressively made by Monet in his last years, shimmers with space, light and colour and clearly shows the influence of those Japanese prints. I picked up your blog, Liz, on my way home from London and so it was timely and added to my day. X

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    1. I am so glad you had such a wonderful day yesterday. I am sorry to be missing all three of the three fabulous-sounding exhibitions that you saw, not least the one at the RA of course. Xxx

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  4. That is really awesome, not only the distinctive style the Japanese have but also that you found a forgotten gem, I bet you were elated finding this.

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    1. You are so right! I was so delighted – thank you for picking up on this 🙂

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  5. How pretty! I love stumbling upon old treasures in our own homes, haha!

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    1. I know – such a joy! 🌸

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