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An Introduction to Japanese Painting

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Cultures +5 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection was designed by the Education Department of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery as a basic introduction to Japanese painting for educators. It is a collection of artworks from the museum's permanent collection that draw from a wide variety of formats, styles, media, and subjects that represent many of the major trends in Japanese painting. Each image includes key information about the artwork, as well as ideas for class discussion, lesson components, and/or links to resources such as videos and articles which provide additional information about the artwork. Feel free to copy the collection and adapt it to your own use. 

Keywords: Buddha, Hokusai, Mount Fuji, watercolor, bodhisattva, Fugen, Sōtatsu, cherry blossoms, seasons, Genji, crane, emakibyobukakemono, ukiyo-e, map, teacher, student, autumn, Japan, Japanese art, landscape, Edo period, Buddhism, Heian period, water, ocean, wave, boat, flower, insect, Muromachi period, river, surimono



The Bodhisattva Fugen (Fugen Bosatsu)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Moonlight Revelry at Dozo Sagami

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Boy Viewing Mount Fuji

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Cranes

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Waves at Matsushima

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Tale of Genji, Chapter 34; Kashiwagi catches sight of the Third Princess

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Panoramic Landscape of the Yangzi River in China

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Balloon Flowers in a Basket

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Autumn at Asakusa; Viewing Cherry blossoms at Ueno Park

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Album: Birds, insects, and animals with flowers

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Southern Barbarians in Japan

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery