Arts all over the world are appreciated not only in their beauty but also in their significance to history since most arts, if not all, tells the story of a nation in the period by which they were made. Through these arts historians can compare the civilization of nations, they can tell which of them developed first and they can tell which nations interacted with each other .The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast Chinese and Japanese art in the period of 1650 A .D. -1900. Chinese art had a 4000 years history. It is acknowledged to be superior in comparison to some other cultures especially with regards to technical perfection. For centuries it continued to flourish under the patronage of Chinese dynasty rulers (Crofton 326. Their subject is primarily about the mysteries of nature developed out of their love for meditation. Arts were made with reverence to Buddha. Their paintings were governed with the accepted traditional patterns of the brushstroke. By the year 1644-1911 China was ruled by the Manchu ‘s of Mongolia. This reign was called Qing (“pure) dynasty. At this period, China enjoyed peace and prosperity. The Manchu rulers admired the Chinese culture and supported the advancement of its arts Japanese Art was copied from China. The Buddhist monks were responsible in introducing Chinese art to Japan in the 6th to 7th centuries. However, the Japanese added their own unique artistic ideas. Examples are the translucent many-sided screens from which they draw pictures and also they painted animals or trees using a gold background. In the year 1603-1868 Japan was ruled by Tokugawa shogunate. This was also acknowledged to be a year of peace and prosperity for the Japanese. The shogunate also sponsored the advancement of Japanese arts in this period. Fearing foreign influence, both Japan and China isolated themselves from the western world. However, both countries were not successful in...
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