Ink wash Painting

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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).

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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.

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