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Waves at Matsushima by Tawaraya Sōtatsu

Sōtatsu’s experimental painting techniques and brilliantly conceived compositions transformed Japan’s courtly artistic style.

The painting is a type 0f traditionally displayed as a backdrop during special occasion such as the visit of a dignitary or in celebration of the changing seasons.

In this painting, Sōtatsu’s dynamic seascape shows a dramatic interplay among the cloud and land forms, the bending pines on rocky islands, and the turbulent, white-capped waves. The craggy rocks are painted in bright mineral colors of green, blue, and red ochre, highlighted with gold.
Waves at Matsushima by Tawaraya Sōtatsu

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