himashun 披麻皴
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Lit. hemp-fiber texture stroke; a type of brushstroke, so called because it resembles a loose hemp thread. A texture brush stroke *shunpou 皴法 developed in China and employed to depict the texture of mountains in the ink paintings of both China and Japan. Himashun are created by laying a relatively dry brush against a piece of paper or silk and pulling it downward in a loose, wavey line. The first use of the technique is attributed to the Five dynasties painters Dong Yuan (Jp: Tou Gen 董源, mid-10c) and Ju Ran (Jp: Kyo Nen 巨然). In Japan, it was frequently employed by Southern school *nanshuuga 南宗画 style artists of the Edo period.


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