Landscape Paintings Influenced by the Climate of Noto Peninsula in Japan


Pine Trees screen by Hasegawa Tohaku (1539–1610) is considered as the one of the most famous landscape ink (wash) paintings in Japan, and also known as the first original ink paintings ever made in Japan. Ink painting was introduced in the 14th century in Japan, and traditionally many of Japanese painters are influenced by Chinese ink painting style. One of the reasons that Pine Trees by Tohaku considered as the only original is the representation of the actual Japanese climatic landscape. Typically landscape ink paintings are depicted imaginary scenes, and rarely adapt the actual views in his time. Especially the mountain landscapes are the one of the most common themes for ink paintings, however depicted mountains are highly deformed the actual mountain or represented the ideal shape. On the other hand, Pine Trees screen by Tohaku gives us the impression of naturalistic landscape which no other painters could not succeed in his life time. Many scholars are questioning that where the depicted place could be, if the painting represents the actual landscape somewhere in Japan. Some researchers say that the painting represents his hometown landscape. Unfortunately, there is not enough personal records of him exist, and the painting itself is poorly documented, leaving the results unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore how he insisted the tradition of ink painting and the possibility of landscape he might have seen and painted based on geographical and climatic features of his hometown.

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Ran Kamiyama, Toyo University, Japan

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Conference: IICAH2023
Stream: Aesthetics

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Kamiyama R. (2023) Landscape Paintings Influenced by the Climate of Noto Peninsula in Japan ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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