Suibokuga (水墨画)

is the Japanese monochrome ink painting and is also called ‘sumi-e’. In Japanese, ‘sui’ means water, ‘boku’ or ‘sumi’ means Indian ink, and ‘ga’ or ‘e’ means painting or picture. ‘Suibokuga’ is painted in black Indian ink (Chinese ink) and water with a brush on paper or silk.

History of Suibokuga is considered to reach BC 100 (Han Dynasty in China) and since then suibokuga has been considered as a center of the art of painting in East Asia. The philosophy and theory of composition behind it are said to be peculiar to East Asia. Below you can see some fine examples of suibokuga paintings:


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Blooming tree branch

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Collection of three ink paintings

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