Japanese painting is an import of Chinese technique, passed to Japan through the Koreans. Although at first the style imitates Chinese, it gradually adapts to a more indigenous style. With the rise of the landed class, which begins to displace the noble class, there is a division in style: the former preferred a realism, while the latter a conservatism.
Later, with the shogunate of Oda Nobunaga, an authentic style, known as the Kano school, was favored, which consisted of colorful paintings captured on screens or walls.
In the Edo period the predominant style of Japanese painting was that of Ukiyo-e, which were paintings that reflected the uninhibited style of life. The main subjects of this type of painting are brothels and kabuki theaters. This style began as sex manuals or portraits of prostitutes doing mundane activities. It soon became a delicate art, portraying feminine beauty in paintings. This genre influenced impressionist artists such as Van gogh or Of gas.
After the Meiji Restoration, Western arts influenced the Japanese style. Painters like Umehara, Ryuzaburo and Yasui sotaro they studied with great painters like Renoir and Stomp.