shaseiga 写生画
KEY WORD :  art history / paintings
Realistic sketches of nature made for study purposes, often in small handscroll format and later mounted in a album. The artists of the *Maruyama Shijouha 円山四条派 are usually associated with shaseiga, having synthesized the decorative *yamato-e やまと絵 tradition with a realistic study of nature. However, this naturalistic tendency eventually prevailed in other schools in the latter half of the Edo period, and many sketches were left by such artists as Ogata Kourin 尾形光琳 (1658-1716) and Kanou Tan'yuu 狩野探幽 (1602-74) as well as Maruyama Oukyo 円山応挙 (1733-95).


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