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Traditional Asian Art

Traditional Asian art prints are often inspired by Chinese art. They have arguably the oldest continuous tradition in the world. Much of the finest work was produced in large workshops or factories by unknown artists especially when it comes to Chinese porcelain. The tradition of ink wash painting was practiced mainly by scholar-officials and court painters. This includes landscapes, flowers, and birds often seen in traditional Asian art. Traditional Asian art includes Chinese painting, which essentially uses the same techniques as Chinese calligraphy and is often done with a brush and ink. Oils are not used. The most popular materials are paper and silk. It is sometimes mounted on scrolls.

Traditional Asian Artwork

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai
38" x 26"
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Dynasty I
by Keith Mallett
12" x 12"
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Taoyuan
by Unknown
14" x 30"
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Lemon Chinoiserie I
by Farida Zaman
12" x 15"
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Panda Family
by Pechane
20" x 15"
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Tea Room II
by Alicia Ludwig
20" x 16"
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Japanese Waxwing on Maple, 1900-1936
by Ohara Koson
12" x 22"
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Everyday Chinoiserie VIII
by Mary Urban
20" x 20"
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Japanese Symbols VI
by Baxter Mill Archive
20" x 14"
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Two Geisha
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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Musashi Miyamoto with two Bokken (wooden quarterstaves)
by Unknown
8" x 10"
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Crow on a Snowy Bough, 1900-1930
by Ohara Koson
12" x 22"
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Korean Folk Tiger
by Unknown
12" x 18"
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Everyday Chinoiserie VII
by Mary Urban
20" x 20"
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Island
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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Full Moon at Seba
by Utagawa Hiroshige
24" x 18"
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Two Egrets in the Reeds, 1900-1930
by Ohara Koson
12" x 22"
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Bamboo Beauty II
by Posters International Studio
18" x 18"
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The Evening Stroll
by David Galchutt
16" x 20"
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Traditional Chinoiserie I
by Melissa Wang
12" x 27"
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Lemon Chinoiserie II
by Farida Zaman
12" x 15"
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Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Gaifu Kaisei), 1832
by Katsushika Hokusai
24" x 16"
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Blue & White Asian Garden II
by Vision Studio
22" x 32"
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Traditional Chinoiserie II
by Melissa Wang
12" x 27"
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Cliff
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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Ming Vase II
by Melissa Wang
16" x 20"
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Egret in the Rain, 1925-1936
by Ohara Koson
12" x 18"
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Beyond the Moon II
by Melissa Wang
20" x 16"
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Everyday Chinoiserie VI
by Mary Urban
20" x 20"
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Crow at Full Moon, 1900-1930
by Ohara Koson
12" x 22"
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Japanese Symbols V
by Baxter Mill Archive
20" x 14"
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Stairway To Heaven
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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Buddha Panel I
by Keith Mallett
36" x 18"
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Buddha Panel II
by Keith Mallett
36" x 18"
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Great Wave Of Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai
36" x 24"
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There are two techniques of Chinese painting. The first is Gong-bi meaning “meticulous” which uses highly detailed brush strokes. It is often colored and depicts narrative subjects. Bird and flower paintings of traditional Asian artwere often in this style. The second technique is ink and wash painting. It is called Shui-mo and loosely means watercolor or brush painting and is also known as “literati painting” as it was one of the “Four Arts” of the Chinese scholar-official class. It was practiced by gentlemen.

Artists from the Han to the Tang dynasties mainly painted the human figure. Much of this comes from burial sites. Paintings were preserved on silk banners and tomb walls. These were meant to protect the dead and help get them to paradises. Others showed Confucious or daily life. Some consider landscape to be the highest form of Chinese painting.
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