Philosophy

Vegetarian Ideal


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn

COMPASSION

Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer

2/03/2013

Cranes by Maruyama Okyo | LACMA

 






Maruyama Okyo’s Cranes (1772), a pair of screens that measure five and a half feet tall and twenty-two feet long, depict seventeen cranes, twelve of one species (Red-crowned Cranes), five of another (White-naped Cranes). They are shown resting, sleeping, nestling, and peering into the distance. Much copied by later Japanese artists, these paintings were revolutionary at the time Okyo painted them: there is no ground plane, no water or streams, no rocks, and no vegetation of any kind.

Maruyama Okyo (1733–95) is pivotal to Japanese art history for being one of the first artists to paint directly from nature rather than from earlier paintings and sketches. Of his five most famous pairs of screens, four are registered National Treasures by the Japanese government and may therefore never leave Japan except on loan. Only these legendary screens remain unregistered. After a two-year campaign, the Ministry of Culture of Japan granted an official export license to LACMA for the opportunity to acquire these screens, in recognition of the growing importance of LACMA's Pavilion for Japanese Art and its collections, and in the hope of promoting appreciation for the very highest achievement in the history of Japanese painting.




Maruyama Ōkyo
Maruyama Ōkyo, born Maruyama Masataka, was a Japanese artist active in the late 18th century. He moved to Kyoto, during which he studied artworks from Chinese, Japanese and Western sources. Wikipedia
Born: June 12, 1733



Crows, 1766, Japan, Edo period, Pair of six-fold screens; ink and gold on paper by Maruyama Okyo, Kimbell Art Museum







Source:
Cranes by Maruyama Okyo | LACMA

 http://www.lacma.org/art/installation/cranes-maruyama-okyo



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