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Distant View of Mount Akiba at Kakegawa

115.00 *
Old price 250.00 €

Four Seasons - Eiichi Kotozuka (1906 - 1979)

96.00 *
Old price 192.00 €

Spring scenery by the river

99.00 *
Old price 230.00 €

Village at Night by Nishijima

345.00 *
Old price 690.00 €

Fifteen Views of Kyoto

96.00 *
Old price 192.00 €
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Sansui  Landscapes


Sansui (山水) idealizing nature

In Japanese, san (山) means a mountain and sui (水) means water, combined these two words emerges, sansui (山水) originally referred only to nature or natural landscape, at least until the twelfth century.

Around the 14th century in the Muromachi period, the type of landscape paintings were called sansui-ga, initiated by Japanese painters who traveled from China to Japan.

This type of painting and Japanese engravings were much appreciated by the newly resurgent samurai class, since they represented an idealized nature much to the taste of the time.

The term sansui-ga currently applies to Chinese, Korean and Japanese painting, in ancient Japanese engravings we can contemplate idealized images that mainly use the forms of mountains, rivers, clouds and natural elements such as rocks and trees.