japaneese art

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1845-1846Woodblock print on paper (oban tate-e),Suzumushi 鈴虫 (No. 38 Bell Cricket) poem inscribed aboveSigned: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi gaPublished by: Iseya IchibeiGenji kumo ukiyoe awase (Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji)36.7 x 24.5 cmThe kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Fukuoka Mitsugi defending himself against three attackers. Each of the fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji is named and is associated with a crest called a 'Genji-mon'. In this series, each of the first fifty-four prints portrays...

Landscape with cranes Rinpa SchoolEarly Edo period (1615-1867), 17th centurySix-fold screen; gold ground.169 x 376 cm The term ‘Rinpa’ is an amalgamation between the last syllable from ‘Kōrin’, name of the mayor exponent of this artistic movement, and the word pa, literally “school” or “group”. However, it is to say that this name was given only later, in the 17th century, when Kōrin (1658 – 1716) further developed the school’s style. Concretely it refers to the broadly teaching of Kōrin masters. The first promoters of the...

Suzuribako (Writing Box)Design by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)Lacquer by Kamisaka Yukichi (1886 – 1938)With a signed and sealed tomobako A black lacquer writing box with inserts in pewter and mother of pearl decorated with camellias. All the lacquers decorated by  Kamisaka Sekka were made by his brother, Kamisaka Yukichi.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 samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and...

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