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Japan & South West Scotland

Painters and Printers

Painters and Printers

Early art in Japan, especially religious art, was influenced by Chinese art. In the Edo period (1600-1868), Japanese art turned to secular subjects.  Japan was able to develop its own styles because it was closed off from most outside influence, apart from limited trading with the Dutch and Chinese.  Edo period art did not use perspective the way that Western art did and it was often colourful and decorative.  The bold lines and composition of ukiyo-e prints had a big influence on Western art from the 1860s onwards. This influence can be seen in the work of several Scottish artists including Glaswegian Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), George Henry (1858-1943), from Ayrshire, and Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933).  Hornel's work can be seen in Broughton House, his former home, in nearby Kirkcudbright.

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