What is Sumi-e ?
Sumi-e is a Japanese word that literally means “ink picture”. “Sumi” is the Ink. Adding the “e” makes it “ink picture”. In many parts of the Western world today, the world “Sumi-e” refers to any ink painting derived from traditional Asian brush techniques.
The art of Sumi-e originated in China about 6000 years ago as calligraphy. Calligraphy led to painting. The first ink painting on silk dates to about 200 B.C. During the Southern Sung Dynasty (A.D. 1127-1276), great advances were made in the styles of painting that emphasized a direct feeling for life and spontaneity in the brushwork. It was also at this time that Zen Buddhist monks took Ink painting to Japan and other parts of Asia.
“The Brush Dances and The Ink Sings”
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