Meaning of Yamato-e in English:



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’.