|GAHOU SAISHIKIHOU 画法彩色法|
|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
|Lit. Painting Laws: Methods of Coloring, a mid-18c painting manual edited by Sugaodou Yuusashi 菅生堂祐佐子 with illustrations by Nishikawa Sukenobu 西川祐信 (1671-1751). Published in Genbun 元文 3 (1738) in Osaka, it is attached to the Kanou school-book EHON WABIGOTO 画本倭比事 (Picture Book of Things Japanese). The work includes information on famous places, old poems, and various legends of Japan, consciously avoiding the immortals and Confucian sages associated with the Chinese subjects found in many Kanou school *Kanouha 狩野派 paintings. In one chapter, Sukenobu explains that, in general, old paintings are based on Chinese pictures and therefore the themes are Chinese and inappropriate for Japanese painting. Instead, Sukenobu proposes that Japanese painters should paint Japanese subjects. As such, GAHOU SAISHIKIHOU is an important early manifesto of *yamato-e やまと絵 and *ukiyo-e 浮世絵.|
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