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Schools of Nihonga (Japanese-style Paintings) 001
Schools of nihonga are mainly divided into those that are in the lineage of yamato-e painting and those that are in the lineage of the Chinese-style painting, which is modeled after the paintings of Song and Yuan dynasties of China. From about the Muromachi period, the two groups influenced each other and different kinds of schools, each with its own characteristic style, were established as a result. From the latter half of the Edo period to the Meiji period, influence among schools became strong and the individuality of each school tended to become less evident. In the process of transition to modern painting with the introduction of Western-style painting, the concept of “schools” became weaker. I would like to introduce the various schools of traditional Japanese painting and painting groups that appeared from the beginning of the modern period until the present day, a few at a time.