art japanese

Ink, pigments, gofun and gold on paperEdo Period, 17th -18th centuryEach 121 x 284 cm Written in the early eleventh century by the court lady Murasaki Shikibu, the story of the life and loves of the fictitious Prince Genji has endured for nearly one thousand years as the epitome of the classical Japanese novel. Throughout this time, the Tale of Genji has had an enormous impact on Japanese art. During the Edo period, classical themes such as Genji enjoyed a resurgence of popularity, and these two screens are a testament to the care and precision with which artists rendered the detail of...

Netsuke con polpo
A wood netsuke representing an octopus dressed in kimonoSigned: MiwaEdo school, early 19th centuryKatabori wood netsuke, with eyes inlaid in dark hornHeight: 6.8cmProvenance:Arlette Katchen collectionThe semi-anthropomorphic octopus, dressed in a haori, stands on four tentacles that an entrapped tiny monkey tries to force. The composition refers to a tale in which Ryūjin, the Dragon King of Sea, falls ill and is told by his doctor, an octopus, that the only remedy for his sickness is the liver of a live monkey.There were a number of carvers using the name Miwa, all living in Edo, the...

Hanging scroll, ink, and pigments on paper. Painting: 134 by 30,5 cmMounts: 200 x 48 cm This painting represents a man waiting under a dark tree. The composition is extremely simple but suggestive. The artist, with few elements, can, in fact, create a vivid and dynamic scene, based on the tension between the strong ink stain that renders the tree and the elegant figure of the man, dressed in an aristocratic robe.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a...

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