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|Japan, 19th century. Meiji period.|
A paper kakemono (hanging scroll) painted in ink and colour with a gnarled matsu (pine) and the moon amongst clouds.
Signed: Kawabata Gyokushō
|Location of Origin: Japan|
|Medium/Materials: paper, ink|
|Dimensions: Scroll: H. 54¾” x W. 30” (139cm x 76cm), Painting: H. 24½” x W. 14” (62cm x 35cm)|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Japanese Antiques|
|Kawabata Gyokushō (1842-1913). Gō (art names): Keitei and Shōō.He was born in Kyōto to a family of lacquer artists. He first studied the Maruyama style with Nakajima Raishō (1796-1871). In 1866 he left Kyoto for Tokyo to study Western painting under Charles Wirgman (1832-1891). However, he soon returned to Japanese-style painting and became a leading figure in Tokyo art circles and by 1890 he was the professor in charge of the planning division espousing the Shijō school at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.|
In 1909 he founded the Kawabata painting school. He was a member of Nihon Bijutsu Kyōkai (The Japan Art Association) and the Imperial Art Commission (the predecessor of the Commission for the Protection of Cultural Properties). He is considered the last great representative of the Shijō school, although in his last years he sought to combine Chinese, Japanese and Western elements in his painting.
Works by the artist can be found in the collections of: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.; Tokyo National Museum: University of Arts Exhibition Hall; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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