nikuhitsuga 肉筆画
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also nikuhitsu ukiyo-e 肉筆浮世絵. A painting done with a brush and colored ink on paper or silk and not carved in a block of wood for printing. However, most were produced by artists who also designed drawings of the "floating world" for woodblock prints. Thus nikuhitsuga are close in subject and style to *ukiyo-e 浮世絵 prints. Today the term nikuhitsuga is broadly applied to brush-drawn genre paintings of the late 16c early 17c and even modern works by *nihonga 日本画 artists. Most print artists after Hishikawa Moronobu 菱川師宣 (c. 1618-94) painted nikuhitsuga and there are superb extant examples by Moronobu, Miyagawa Choushun 宮川長春 (1683-1753), Katsukawa Shunshou 勝川春章 (1726-93) and Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760-1849). Some artists like Choushun, Kaigetsudou Ando 懐月堂安度 (fl. early 18c) and several of his followers did not design prints, but produced only hand-drawn paintings. By the 18c it had become popular for artists first to make their name designing prints or woodblock-printed books, then later turn their talents to nikuhitsuga.


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