Introduction to Orientalist ArtOriental art, also referred to as Eastern art and Asian art encompasses a variety of art forms and styles from various cultures and traditions which developed parallel to Western art, reproductions and personalised art gifts. Many had a profound influence on art developments in the West, while a number of Eastern art styles are still serving as a source of inspiration to the artists from all over the world.
Chinese art is as old as Chinese civilisation and it reflects a distinct character that made it famous throughout the world. Today's Chinese art is very different from that created during the Imperial period although many artists continue to use the traditional styles and techniques.
Japanese art is marked by a unique fusion of Japanese aesthetic values and influences from outside, most notably China and Korea. And it is the outstanding ability of Japanese artists to take only the best from both and turn it into something completely new that made Japanese art one of the most distinguished types of Oriental art.
Indian art is just as diverse as the cultures of the Indian subcontinent. Nevertheless, the masterpieces of Indian art reflect a unique fusion of the many cultures and a continuity with the earliest art traditions that date back thousands of years.
Jewish culture hasn't developed a distinct art style, while the early art forms were almost exclusively of religious nature. Jewish artists, however, played an important role in art developments and movements, especially from the early 20th century onwards, with many of them being the leading figures of many modern and contemporary art styles.
Persian art is undoubtedly most famous and admired for hand-woven carpets which remain highly desirable throughout the world. But Iranian artists created and still create much more than just carpets. In fact, many forms and styles of Persian art spread beyond the borders of modern-day Iran and profoundly influenced art developments in other countries, most notably Islamic.