Moving from the symbolism of daily used artefacts to symbolism of paintings and

Moving from the symbolism of daily used artefacts to

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Moving from the symbolism of daily used artefacts to symbolism of paintings and sculptures is the Asian regions, the museum covers the cultural aspects of the Indian Rajputs, Asian Sculptures of Gods and Devils, and the era of woodblock painting rivalry between Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada. The difference in the style of Indian and Japanese paintings fascinated me a lot. The Indian Rajputs would carefully select their paper, and would primarily use the colours black, white and red repetitively to create the effect of a burnish paper which would also create a dense and shiny surface. The 4 “Traditional African Masks.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Sept. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_African_masks. Paragraph 1 14
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inspiration of these paintings come from the artist’s inner emotions such as shock, fear, awe, wonder or delight. A common trait within these would be that the paintings show only one side of the human body (Right side for females and left side for males) where they try to make the women beautiful and shy. These would have slight imperfections which establishes the credibility of the artist. The painting would depict a story or an important event within a single picture such as a victory over a rival nation or the departure of the king for a war. The Japanese wood block paintings on the other hand would involve the painting being drawn on a washi 5 which is then faced upside down and stuck onto a wooden plank with glue. An incision is then made to carefully cut out the outlines of the paintings. For an artist to be able to make a print a painting, they would have to ink the wooden plank with the suitable colours and press it onto paper specifically made from bamboo leaves. This paper would most like look like a scroll rather than an ordinary piece of paper. A unique trait about these kinds of paintings is that the imperfections which are seen in the Indian Rajput paintings and not evident in these. The quality of the paint looks fresh with shading done at various parts with a crisp look as if it were printed right out of a computer. The inspiration of these paintings would mainly come from events such as a war or a dangerous voyage where the artists would draw mythological creatures and monsters. Another difference which is seen is that the Japanese painting characters would be portrayed to be roaming with a sword at all point of time as if they were ready for any kind of secret attack, however the Indian paintings of King, Queen, Prince and Princess would not involve any kind of weapon visible to the audience. As a visitor moves on from the first floor to the second floor of the museum, there is a shift between the time period of the artefacts. The previous set of artefacts looked 5 Japanese Paper 15
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relatively older than the one presented on the second floor. Another thing which I noticed was that the Greek paintings were made by the same artists which was also the case in 9 Indian paintings also, however, the American paintings were made by different artists.
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