Power Of Nature In Japan

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The raw power of nature has always been inspirational to artists all around the world. Millions of artists from different eras and locations have always appreciated nature and applied it into landscape paintings, prints, sculptures and sketches. Artists such as the Group Of Seven, who produced landscape paintings showed their admiration towards the power nature. The power of nature is also seen in ancient Chinese art, where huge mountains and trees are portrayed versus tiny diminutive humans. Also, the ancient Greeks personified certain aspects of nature to a certain god or goddess, an example is Poseidon; god of the sea. These gods and goddesses were portrayed through giant marble sculptures in city halls and palaces. One might be able…show more content…
As this act was proceeded, the Tokugawa Shogunate made it illegal for Japanese merchants to trade with the west. As a result of the Act Of Seclusion, a huge barrier was created between Japan and the west for the next two hundred years. (The Columbia Encyclopedia) The main reason why the Act Of Seclusion was released was to stop the spread of colonialism and foreign influence in Japan. Since the main religion in Japan was Confucianism; which greatly emphasized being conservative and loyal, Tokugawa Shougns believed that any organization or party that had different ideas and traditions would be opposing the government’s views and would possibly tamper with the ideologies of Japan.(History.com, Tokugawa Shuganate) Despite the negative aspects of the Act Of Seclusion, Japan still only allowed trade with the Portuguese and Dutch but only through a small port on an island off Nagasaki. Additionally, Japan’s economy greatly increased, particularly in areas such as crop production and manufacturing industries, this lead to the growth and development of Japanese cities like Edo and Osaka, which also saw a rise of the puppet theatre, literature and Ukiyo-e…show more content…
(Takako Kobayashi). However, his most prominent signature was (Gakyō Rōjin Manji) “Old Man Mad About Painting”. This signature must have given the impression that he was a crazed man. Moreover, It is said that he was once told to paint a number of red maple leaves hovering over the Tatsuta River, Hokusai allegedly dipped chicken feet in red paint and then chased the chicken across the paper, making it’s footprints resemble the maple leaves. Japanese art historian John Rosenfeld of Harvard University discusses how Hokusai is the “epitome of the eccentric Japanese painter”. (Kita, "The Bohemian vs The

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