art japanese

Tani Buncho
Tani Buncho (1763-1840)Waterfall in kagawa, 1835Hanging scroll; ink on silkPainting: 164 by 40 cmMounts: 233x60 cm. Ivory jikusaki.Signed with the artist’s seals and titled:Painted in the winter of the sixth year of the Tenpou Era (1835)Does this not recall Kagawa-no-kuni?73-year-old man, Buncho Natural landscapes became an archetypal subject in Asian art since Chinese Song dynasty (10th Century) and waterfalls have always been an important presence in East Asian and Japanese paintings. Many Japanese artists portrayed waterfalls using different styles, especially during...

An ivory netsuke of a Karyōbinga
KaryōbingaSigned: OkatomoKyoto, late 18th centuryIvory netsuke. Eyes inlaid in dark hornLenght: 5.1 cm Provenance:Arlette Katchen collectionH. Seymour Trower collectionLiterature:H. Joly, Catalogue of the H. Seymour Trower Collection of Japanese Art, pl.IV, no.704.G. Lazarnick (ed.), MCI: The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum, York (Alan R. Liss Inc.: 1986), p.619.A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.1, Paris (K. R. Publishers, 2010), vol.1, p.103, no. K785. Shown flying, its wings and legs drawn in for compactness, its head turned slightly to the...

Negai no itoguchi
Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)Negai no itoguchi (Unravelling the threads of desire), 1799Erotic woodblocks print (shunga)Oban yoko-e25.4 x 38 cm Erotic prints have a primary role in the Japanese art history: sexual pleasure is transported on paper with a magnificent expression and extreme stylization.The word shunga itself is, in fact, rich in metaphoric symbols, as "spring painting" would refer to the season that Japanese people most love, rich of mystic tension and erotic emotions.The series Negai no itoguchi (Unravelling the threads of desire) was...

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