mizu-enogu 水絵具
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also suisai-enogu 水彩絵具. Water colours. Paints with a water binder *baizai 媒剤; the pigment is dissolved or mixed in water for use. Paintings made with mizu-enogu are called suisaiga 水彩画. Water colours were popularized in Japan in the Meiji period by the magagine Mizu-e みずゑ. They are transparent, allowing the colour of the ground to show through, in contrast to opaque insoluble mineral pigments *iwa-enogu 岩絵具. *Suibokuga 水墨画 are also a form of water colour painting, but only black carbon ink *sumi 墨, is used. Water colours were occasionally made from insoluble materials which form an emulsion in water. An example is the yellow tree resin gamboge *touou 藤黄, which has be en used in Japanese painting *nihonga 日本画 since the Nara period.


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