Ink wash Painting
First used in Chinese art, ink and wash painting was invented by Wang Wei, during the generation of Tang Dynasty art (618-907), and after further development, the technique extended its surface area to Japan around 1350 and peaked in popularity among Japanese artists and calligraphers throughout the Muromachi generation (1338-1573).
For a list of dates in the expansion of Asian painting, see: Chinese Art Timeline (c.18,000 BCE – present). Noted Chinese practitioners include the painters: Bada Shanren, Daqian Jushi, Xu Beihong, Mi Youren and Qi Baishi; while Japanese exponents include: Josetsu, Shubun, Shingei, Oguri Sokei, and Hasegawa Tohaku. For more, see: Chinese Painters.
For styles of painting on the Indian subcontinent, see Classical Indian Painting (Up to 1150 CE) and Post-Classical Indian Painting (14th-16th Century).
The term ‘Ink and wash painting’ denotes an Oriental or East Asian process of painting. The customary painting medium for ink and wash is black ink, generally applied with long-haired brushes (from animals like goat, wolf, badger, rabbit, boar, or sheep) onto paper or silk.