Meaning of Yamato-e in English:


Pronunciation /jaˈmatəʊˌeɪ/


mass noun
  • A style of decorative painting in Japan during the 12th and early 13th centuries, characterized by strong colour and flowing lines.

    ‘Not only did these imports change the subject matter of painting, but they also modified the use of color; the bright colors of Yamato-e yielded to the monochromes of painting in the Chinese manner.’
    • ‘Her newer work in ‘Art & Human Rights’, done in the style of Japanese folk painting and medieval Yamato-e painting, sarcastically exposes Japanese militarism and war crimes.’
    • ‘Raigo (Descent of the Amida Buddha) paintings on the wooden doors of the Ho-o-do are an early example of Yamato-e, Japanese-style painting, because they contain representations of the scenery around Kyoto.’
    • ‘After starting off as an oil painter, he quickly changed his artistic direction to Japanese painting and joined the Shinko-yamatoe-kai (New Yamato-e Painting Society) which specialised in traditional style Japanese painting.’
    • ‘In the North Wing, the Yamato-e painting, calligraphy, and the pre-modern ornamental art sections will be closed and a new exhibition focusing on ancient ceramics, Buddhist art, lacquer ware, tea ceremony utensils, and Kenzan ceramics will open.’
    • ‘As an artist, Sugahara is exploring the possibility of figurative expression which leads from the past to the present by processing classic pictures such as Buddhist paintings and Yamato-e paintings and making plane and solid works.’
    • ‘The basic style of Edo painting came from the Kano school together with that of the Tosa school, which took its subjects and techniques from classical Yamato-e.’
    • ‘In contrast to the reverse perspective of Yamato-e, Renaissance methods simulated nature, as the eye would see it.’
    • ‘About 25 paintings done in Yamato-e style, which she had brought for her solo exhibition at the gallery, gave an interesting insight into the Japanese culture.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that the present scrolls were produced at the end of the Kamakura Period the noble atmosphere which is the distinctive feature of the Yamato-e permeates the scrolls.’
    • ‘The colours are bright and flat, thick pigments applied to paper, that create stunning decorative effects, in keeping with the Yamato-e native tradition.’
    • ‘As a counterpoint to the latter, mountains rise in tiers against a hirameji ground, suggesting twilit distances in the manner of landscapes in Yamato-e style paintings.’
    • ‘Kara-e refers to the style imported from China, and Yamato-e, the style developed in Japan.’


Japanese, from Yamato ‘Japan’ + e ‘picture’.