Tokyo
, 26. January 2016
The Profundity of Simplicity

East Asian Drawing Art of with Brush and Ink

There were artists like Monet and Picasso who drew inspiration from it: The East Asian Art of Drawing. But not only since impressionism has the Asian art form been thrilling viewers as well painters at the same time. What lies behind the black brushstrokes?

x-working Brush, black ink and carbon black: relevant drawing tools for the East Asian drawing art
Brush, black ink and carbon black: relevant drawing tools for the East Asian drawing art

Wang Wei: The father of the Asian art of drawing
If one sets out in search of clues in the past of the East Asian art of drawing, you inevitably come across him: Wang Wei. It is said about the Chinese calligrapher and poet that he was the founder of the nowadays called genre East Asian drawing art. It evolved in the 6th century under the Tang Dynasty in East Asia, aptly China and Japan. But what characterizes this art style that originated in the "Middle Kingdom "?

A look in the paintbox: Brush, ink, carbon black

Colours are not found in ink painting. Originally emerged out of calligraphy, its former roots are clearly seen. Instead of powerful colours the artists use black ink and carbon. These get plotted on paper as well as on silk. Therefore, it is a little bit surprising that the brush drawings are often combined with watercolours.

From simple brushstroke to landscape illustration
A brushstroke alone may seem simple, but the combination of different brushstroke types produces a diverse richness of forms. Since the 12th century in addition to landscape pictures it is possible with this combination to also create motifs from nature and to develop detailed studies.

From China to Japan: The Sumi-e style / ink wash painting
Japanese monks brought this type of ink painting to Japan in the 13th century. In the course of time both styles differentiated, so that the coining Sumi-e style emanated. Full concentration was required when applying the paint, since brushstrokes on paper or silk are unalterable. In this context it was challenging to catch the "real nature" of the content pictured. The more minimalist and fragmented the drawing, the more overwhelming and intense appears the impact of each line. In other words: The simpler the obvious, the more profound the hidden behind it.

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