Japanese Screens: Through a Break in the Clouds


by Claire-Akiko Brisset (Editor), Anne-Marie Christin (Editor), Torahiko Terada (Editor)

Japanese screens (byobu, meaning “barrier against the wind”) are made of wooden lattices with two to twelve panels, covered with a paper or fabric canvas. They are unique for being beautiful artworks as well as portable furnishings, acting as backdrops for court ceremonies or partitions for intimate tea services. Artists have embraced screens as three-dimensional objects, creating dynamic compositions that guide the viewer’s eye from one panel to the next.

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