The art of ink-and-brush is an important painting tradition in China, Korea, and Japan. The tools of the artist—the brush, ink stick, ink stone, and paper—are called the Four Treasures.
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Enso, by Nakahara Nantenbo (1839–1925), approx. 1900–1925. Japan. Hanging scroll; ink on paper. Gift of Betty and Bruce Alberts, 2012.74
Bamboo (detail), by Yang Jin (1644–after 1726), 1696. China. Hanging scroll; ink on paper. Gift of Gryffyd and Janet Partridge, 1991.240.
Long Way, by Sun Wuk Kim (born 1929), 2006. Korea. Hanging scroll; mixed media on paper. Gift of Sun Wuk Kim F2008.59.1.
Landscape (detail), by Cha Shibiao (1615–1698), 1686. China. Hanging scroll; ink on paper. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Fransisco, Gift from The Society for Asian Art, B69D41.
Li Bo Viewing the Waterfall (detail), by Soami (1485–1525), approx. 1500–1525. Japan. Hanging scroll; ink on paper.The Avery Brundage Collection, B62D11.
How to Paint a Lotus. Illustration by Lampo Leong.