Kawanabe Kyosai: Artwork From the 1870’s

2012-01-03

Kawanabe Kyosai was a renowned Japanese artist known for his dark paintings. View some of his commissioned works after the break.

Image via Retronaut

Kawanabe Kyosai was popular for being a political caricaturist during the Meiji period in Japan. Apart from his political works, he also chose to create artworks of popular folklore beings from his home country – making him known as a painter who made weird and obscure creations. He also gained popularity in the Western world. For one project, he was commissioned by William Anderson, a Scotsman and a Japanese art collector, to create comical paintings. For the series, Kawanabe Kyosai decided to paint how he depicted the underworld.

In his paintings, he included mythical beings and other worldly creatures amidst chaos. His artworks art now part of a collection housed at the British Museum. His artworks are considered to have the traditional Japanese style of painting and he is described as “the last virtuoso in traditional Japanese painting”. He was reportedly interested in Western art but didn’t try to emulate the style and remained true to his roots as a Japanese artist. Because of his contributions in Japanese art culture, a memorial museum in his name was established in Japan in 1977.

Here are some of Kawanabe Kyosai’s artworks:

Images via Retronaut

The information for this article was taken from Wikipedia - Kawanabe Kyosai and Artelino.

Do you know of any oriental artists or artwork that you would like to share? Check out our requested posts for this month.

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-01-03 #art #sketch #oriental #lifestyle #kawanabe-kyosai #japan #painting

More Interesting Articles

  • Van Gogh Lomographed

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-02-22
    Van Gogh Lomographed

    The works of renowned Post Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh transcend to film, whether by intention or accident. Here are some photos from the community that resemble so much of artist's paintings.

    2016-02-22 9
  • Collages by Jose Romussi

    written by ellakoppensteiner on 2016-08-23 #people
    Collages by Jose Romussi

    We had the chance to meet the artist Jose Romussi, known for his collages with woven photography. Discover his point of view and techniques and share your interpretation of his work with us!

    2016-08-23
  • White Rainbow Gallery to Present Second Show on Photographer Shigeo Anzaï

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-05-06
    White Rainbow Gallery to Present Second Show on Photographer Shigeo Anzaï

    The works of Japanese photographer and chronicler Shigeo Anzaï will be up again for viewing in London this May.

    2016-05-06
  • Shop News

    LomoKino on sale!

    LomoKino on sale!

    Embrace the magic of movie making and capture 144 frames of glorious analogue action on 35mm film with the LomoKino! Get it now at a incredibly low price while supplies last!

  • Baron Wolman Draws Insights from Early Photographic Career

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-05-18 #videos
    Baron Wolman Draws Insights from Early Photographic Career

    The first chief photographer of the renowned music magazine, "Rolling Stone", shares his insights and experiences as a photographer in the late 1960's.

    2016-05-18 1
  • Out of the Pinhole: The Innovative Short Film 'Orbita 13'

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-02-25 #videos
    Out of the Pinhole: The Innovative Short Film 'Orbita 13'

    Breaking through photography and film requires patience and a unique point of view. German photographer Andreas Neumann seems to have these things in abundance. He connected several pinhole cameras to make his frames for the short film 'Orbita 13.'

    2016-02-25 4
  • Janne Parviainen: Light Magician

    written by mpflawer on 2015-12-17 #videos #people
    Janne Parviainen: Light Magician

    Janne Parviainen is a 35-year-old artist from Helsinki, Finland. He is both a painter and a photographer but sometimes, he swaps his painting tools for light and creates illuminated pieces of art. Abandoned places are his favorite places for shoots because, according to him, "there's so much lived life and stories in abandoned places, they are the lost diaries and photos turned to dust of lives that once bloomed."

    2015-12-17 8
  • Shop News

    New Item: iBlazr 2

    New Item: iBlazr 2

    Light up all your shots with this light-weight, versatile and wireless LED flash! Works best with any iOS and android platforms.

  • 'A'r' - a New Series by Armin Amirian

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2016-02-04 #people
    'A'r' - a New Series by Armin Amirian

    Last year, Armin Amirian talked to Lomography about his motivations as an artist, his inspiration for his work and the difficulty of pursuing his passion in the society he belongs to. With that came a collection of images that reflected the concerns he and his fellow countrymen are faced with every day. The Iran-based photographer returns with insight on his new body of work.

    2016-02-04 3
  • Studying Light and Shadow with Chiaroscuro

    written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-02-23
    Studying Light and Shadow with Chiaroscuro

    The paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio are known for their mastery of brightness and contrast in portraiture or scenery. Their influence on the visual arts has extended even to photography. In this capsule lesson, we tackle the principle of chiaroscuro, a technique used by the Renaissance artists to master light and shadow.

    2016-02-23
  • Jeri Lampert Shoots with the Lomo'Instant Wide

    written by Lomography on 2015-12-09 #people
    Jeri Lampert Shoots with the Lomo'Instant Wide

    Jeri Lampert has made quite a name for herself, having photographed for a number of magazines and well-known brands. Taking a break from the glitz and glamour of the fashion world, she takes the Lomo'Instant Wide and captures scenes that are more personal and altogether different from the highly stylized images she has been known for. Here's a brief but intimate interview with the New York City based photographer.

    2015-12-09 1
  • Shop News

    The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens now ready to ship!

    The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens now ready to ship!

    Great news! Our previous KickStarter success, the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens, is now in stock and ready to ship! What are you waiting for? Go to the shop and grab yours now!

  • Underwater Photographs by Sigalit Landau to Showcase in London

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-07-05
    Underwater Photographs by Sigalit Landau to Showcase in London

    A series of large color prints from Tel Aviv-based photographer and artist Sigalit Landau will be up for viewing at the Marlborough Contemporary.

    2016-07-05
  • Kids in Love by Olivia Bee

    written by Teresa Sutter on 2016-04-29
    Kids in Love by Olivia Bee

    In her first photo book "Kids in Love," Olivia Bee paints a romantic picture of fading youth. The 22-year-old artist from Portland in Oregon presents a selection of her earlier work which deals with universal topics of growing up: love, trust, adventure.

  • Robin Rimbaud Shoots with the LC-A 120

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-10-05 #people
    Robin Rimbaud Shoots with the LC-A 120

    Robin Rimbaud is a UK based artist, record producer, and composer who works under the name "Scanner" in reference to his use of mobile phone signals and police scanners in his early performances. He has worked on soundtracks for films, sound installations, radio, dance and theater. Robin also has a passion for medium format photography, owns a Holga camera and has a unique photographic style. Get to know him in this interview, where he talks about his personal work as well as his experience with the Lomo LC-A 120.

    2015-10-05 1