art japanese

Wood netsuke of hare
A wood netsuke of a hareHareBy Masanao, YamadaIse Province, 19th centuryWood netsuke; eyes inlaid in amberSigned: MasanaoLenght: 4.2 cm ProvenanceArlette Katchen collectionLiteratureA. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.2, Paris (K. R. Publishers, 2010), p. 141, no. K176 The hare is shown seated, its head raised and turned to the left, its forelegs outstretched and one hind leg forming the himotoshi.Ever present in Japanese folklore, and one of the twelve animals of the zodiac cycle, hares are a common theme for Japanese art. The term usagi can, in fact, be translated as both “rabbit...

Nanga waterfallOkuhara Seiko (1837-1913)Ink on silkPainting: 135.5 x 35 cmMounts: 188 x 58The hanging scroll shows a literati landscape in the nanga manner, with a long inscription and signed with three seals. The scene is dominated by a steep mountain, on which a waterfall is pouring. The style is quite naturalistic and impressionistic. The technique used by the artist to represent the climbing vegetation and splashing waterfall is small dark spots that create the illusion of depth and dynamism. Color inks are added to the black one and create red and bluish shades that underline...

Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)ChigusaSigned: Artist's seal on all printsEditor:Yamada Naosaburo, Unsodo. First edition: 1899Oban yoko-e: 24 x 35,5 cmPainter 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 samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and studied art during a very delicate period of Japanese history: the transition between the old feudal system of the Edo period to the modern capitalistic one of the Meiji restoration. It has...

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