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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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Lemon Chinoiserie I
by Farida Zaman
12" x 15"
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Beyond the Moon IV
by Melissa Wang
20" x 16"
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Pagoda Landscape II
by Chariklia Zarris
18" x 28"
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Bee and Chrysanthemums
by Katsushika Hokusai
24" x 18"
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The Poet Walks Across a Narrow Bank
by Katsushika Hokusai
24" x 17"
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Crow at Full Moon, 1900-1930
by Ohara Koson
12" x 22"
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Oriental Fan I
by Nancy Slocum
13" x 19"
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Everyday Chinoiserie VI
by Mary Urban
20" x 20"
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Japanese Symbols VI
by Baxter Mill Archive
20" x 14"
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Petite Japonaise
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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Egret in the Rain, 1925-1936
by Ohara Koson
12" x 18"
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Oriental Cranes II
by Vision Studio
6" x 8"
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Oriental Blossoms III
by Don Li-Leger
24" x 40"
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Taoyuan
by Unknown
14" x 30"
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Panda Family
by Pechane
20" x 15"
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Oriental Bird Silk I
by Unknown
20" x 20"
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Musashi Miyamoto with two Bokken (wooden quarterstaves)
by Unknown
8" x 10"
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The Great Wave of Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai
24" x 18"
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Japanese Waxwing on Maple, 1900-1936
by Ohara Koson
12" x 22"
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Traditional Chinoiserie I
by Melissa Wang
12" x 27"
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Full Moon at Seba
by Utagawa Hiroshige
24" x 18"
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Fuji in Clear Weather
by Katsushika Hokusai
24" x 18"
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Untitled
by Suzuki Harunobu
12" x 16"
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Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Gaifu Kaisei), 1832
by Katsushika Hokusai
24" x 16"
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Summer's Essence I
by Katsumi Sugita
24" x 12"
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Misaki
by Keith Mallett
18" x 24"
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Pagoda Landscape I
by Chariklia Zarris
18" x 28"
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Oriental Fan II
by Nancy Slocum
13" x 19"
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Japanese Textile Design V
by Ema Seizan
12" x 18"
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Everyday Chinoiserie V
by Mary Urban
20" x 20"
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Stairway To Heaven
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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Japanese Symbols IV
by Baxter Mill Archive
20" x 14"
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Japanese Spring Coral
by Jenny Rainbow Fine Art
16" x 22"
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Japanese Wagtail on Lotus Plant, 1925-1936
by Ohara Koson
12" x 28"
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Island
by Pechane
16" x 22"
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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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