Mini Porcelain 7
Japanese Treasures in the Modern Style
During the 19th century european art very much oriented itself towards Japan. The rules of Japanese art were adopted and "Japonism" was born.
Japanese winterberry, Ilex serrata, Height:12 cm
Crabapple, Zumi, Height:13 cm
As of today we are still enchanted by Japanese works of art, and there exist many evening classes and workshops on Asian painting and calligraphy.
Diamond-leaf Persimmon, Diospyros rhombifolia, Height: 13 cm
Camellia japonica, Height:10 cm
Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, Height: 15 cm
Osmantus heterophyllus, Height: 14 cm
Cherry, Prunus tomentosa, Height: 15 cm
At the World Exhibitions
At the World Exhibitions1862 in London and 1876, 1878 and 1889 in Paris, the artworks from Japan and China received highest acclaim. Japanese and Chinese art weren't really told apart by Western artists - a tea bowl, lacquerware or ceramics could be of Chinese as well as of Japanese origin.
Japanese flowering quince, Choenomeles japonica Height: 12 cm
Japanese winterberry, Ilex serrata Width: 17 cm
Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki Height: 14,5 cm
Snoutbean, Rhynchosia subsp.
Hamilton's spindletree, Euonymus hamiltonianus, sups. sieboldianus Height: 17,5 cm
Firethorn, Piracantha duvalii Height: 18 cm
Crab apple, Malus halliana Height: 13 cm
Almost all Western artists oriented themselves towards Japanese or Chinese art. Collecting ceramics, porcelain, woodprints, lacquerwork, ivory, sword blades or fabric was very much "en vogue" already back then, and there were many Western imitations of these arts.
Japanese hawthorn, Crataegus cuneata (by Shingoro Shibasaki)
Kumquat, Fortunella hindisii Height: 13 cm
Zelkova, Zelkova nire Höhe: 13 cm
Star jasmine, Trachelospermum Height: 13 cm
Crab apple, Malus cerasifera Height: 19 cm
Spindletree, Euonymus alata Height: 8 cm
Crab apple, Malus cerasifera
The exposure to Chinese and especially Japanese art can still be traced in today's art. And the distinction between Chinese and Japanese works is still difficult for us bonsai enthusiasts.
Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides Height: 12 cm
Privet, Lingustrum ibolium Height: 13 cm
Kumquat, Fortunella japonica Height: 18 cm
Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster horizontalis Height: 20 cm
Blueberry, Vaccinium Height: 8 cm (by Asamitsu Ikeda)
Osteomeles subrotunda Height: 7 cm (by Asamitsu Ikeda)
Spindle tree, Euonymus alatus Width: 16 cm
Gymnosporia diversifolia Height: 9 cm
Kadsura japonica, Chirimen Height: 9 cm
All bonsai shown here are presented in pots with the modern Japanese style of painting - they are all tiny treasures!
Special thanks to BONSAI ART who made it possible to write this article.
All photographs by BONSAI ART.
Translation: Stefan Ulrich