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Paintings, furnitures and screens

In the tradition of Chinese painting and Japanese painting, the scroll painted on silk or on paper is unveiled as a treasure that is reserved for enlightened amateurs. The vertical scrolls (kakemono in Japanese) can remain suspended for one season while the horizontal scrolls (makemono in Japanese) are placed on a table and unrolled gradually by hand, inviting the viewer to travel through a landscape of rivers and hills, in an official ceremony or in a scene of religious worship.

Set in album sheets, the painting illustrates historical events, text of fantastic stories, or erotic scenes of the literature.
In the pictorial tradition in China, monochrome landscape painting is very important. The mountain patterns are painted in ink and sometimes highlighted with light colours. The apparent simplicity and discretion of the effects give it a sobriety sought-after by the literali aesthetic, an aesthetic that appeals to both the imagination, the poetic sense and the spiritual dimension. It is very often associated with a calligraphic text, resulting in the perfect meeting between poetry, calligraphy and painting.
Daoist painting necessarily shows the divinities and the immortals it celebrates. Painted on silk, it is characterized by its pure and bright colors.
The Himalayan thangka offers a vision of the importance of Buddhist beliefs in China, Tibet, and Nepal.
The portraits of ancestors stem from the Confucian tradition of respect for ancestors. They are practiced in all social classes and in the first place by the emperors, thus enabling them to establish their legitimacy and to situate themselves in a dynastic lineage.

Japanese religious painting is rich and extremely diverse, due to the immensity and complexity of the Buddhist pantheon in Japan.
The screen has two functions in the Japanese tradition. It structures the space by creating a partitioning in the habitat in Japan. His second role is decorative. It is an eminently important medium of expression for artists in Japan. His themes are generally suited to the place where he is presented. The subjects are very varied: historical battles, the landing of the Portuguese (Namban style), cartography, episodes of Japanese classical literature, representation of the seasons, nature, landscapes, animals ... The Rimpa and Kano schools were specialized in the realization of the painted screens.