gyaku enkinhou 逆遠近法
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Lit. inverted perspective. A visual technique sometimes employed in Chinese and Japanese painting. While the Western perspective system uses parallel lines that are drawn on a picture plane convergent at a vanishing point, in gyaku enkinhou they are drawn to spread apart as they go further into the distance. In the case of Japanese painting, gyaku enkinhou was often used in 12-13c *yamato-e やまと絵 for residences, so as to allow greater space to depict the people inside. It was later employed by Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木春信 (1725-70) in the Edo period for his *ukiyo-e 浮世絵 and by the *Rinpa 琳派 (17-18c) for their decorative screen painting.


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