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Landscapes in Japanese Art

February 3, 2007 – July 15, 2007

Museum: Freer Gallery of Art

Location: Galleries 6, 6A, & 7

This exhibition of 20 paintings and 12 ceramics explores the landscapes created by Japanese artists from the 15th through the 19th centuries. Japanese artists developed distinctive styles of full-color painting that they often preferred to create images of the rounded, heavily forested hills that surrounded their ancient capital cities. From the 13th century onward, they also mastered and adapted Chinese ink painting techniques to create their landscapes. In Japanese ceramics from the 16th century onward, as techniques of glazing and application of pigments became more prevalent, landscapes became an important subject of ceramic design and appreciation.