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Okumura Koichi (1904-1974) - Modern landscape

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1960   item# 1184416

Okumura Koichi (1904-1974) - Modern landscape
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$1800 

A mid 20th century work by Okumura Koichi (1904-1974). It is titled 'Winter valley'. It is painted with very thickly applied pigment on paper. It is in reasonably good condition. It displays very well although there are some creases beginning to develop in the painting. Despite the painting having a 'futomaki' or large wooden roller for storage, the nature of the materials are still leading to creasing. Beautiful, original mounting, ivory rollers, double wooden storage box. The image measures 22'' by 15'' (55 by 38 cm). The scroll measures 56'' by 21'' (143 by 54 cm). Okumura Koichi (1904-1974). Born in Kyoto, a student of Nishimura Goun. A very well known artist, he became a professor at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1960. He won the special prize at the Nitten in 1946. With Fukuda Toyoshiro and Yamamoto Kyujin he formed the Sozo Bijutsu or the Creation of Fine Art society. He exhibited at Teiten 10, 11, 13 and 15. Shinbunten 1, 2, 3 and 5 and Nitten 2 and 3.


Yoshioka Kenji (1906-1990) - 'Nashi no hana kotori'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940   item# 1141770

Yoshioka Kenji (1906-1990) - 'Nashi no hana kotori'
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$2250 

An early Showa period, circa 1935, nihonga bird and flower painting by Yoshioka Kenji. In this work titled 'Nashi no hana kotori', or 'Little birds and flowering Japanese pear', we see the intricacies of flower and plant being slowly reduced to pattern, eschewing the intense naturalism and romanticism that flourished in the late 1910's to the late 1920's. The image measures 50'' by 16'' (128 by 41 cm). The scroll measures 84'' by 22'' (213 by 55 cm). The work is in good to very good condition. Slight discoloration of the silk is apparent. At some stage within the last 20 years the painting has been remounted. The original ivory rollers were retained. The scroll is complete with its signed and sealed double storage box. Yoshioka Kenji (1906-1990) originally studied painting under Noda Kyuho (1879-1971). Kyuho was a judge of the Teiten/Nitten organization and Kenji also went on to fill this position. Kenji was a professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.


Kawaii Kenji (b.1908) - 'Rocky Peak'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1960   item# 1128756

Kawaii Kenji (b.1908) - 'Rocky Peak'
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$1350 

Titled 'Iwamine', or A Rocky Peak, this is a mid 20th century work by Kawaii Kenji, a former judge of the prestigious Nitten organization. It is complete with its original signed and sealed double wooden storage box, along with an external wooden roller or 'futomaki' which ensures that the painting isn't rolled too tightly during storage. Painted with pigments on paper the work is in very good, original condition. The mounting is showing light foxing, more so in the upper section. The image measures 17'' by 20'' (43 by 51 cm). The scroll measures 57'' by 26'' (145 by 66 cm). Kawaii Kenji was born in 1908. He graduated from the Kyoto Kaiga Gakko (Kyoto Arts School) and studied under Kayo. He submitted paintings to the Nitten 23 times and received the top award on two occasions. He later went on to become a Nitten judge. His teacher Kayo was one of the managers of the Nitten and also a member of the Geijutsuin. Kayo (Yamaguchi Komejiro) was born in 1899 and was a student of Nishimura Goun.


Kato Shinmei (1910-1988) - Modern beauty

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1950   item# 1063735

Kato Shinmei (1910-1988) - Modern beauty
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$950 

A small framed painting of a bijin by the well known Japanese artist Kato Shinmei. Dating to approximately the mid 20th century, perhaps as early as the 1930's. Silhouetted against a shimmering gold background, her unaffected and confident pose expresses a casual sensuality which is enhanced by the truncated composition. Her chalk white skin stands out against the overriding tonal harmony of the work and draws us in to the individual personality of the subject, her western hairstyle an indication of her modernity. The work has been painted with ink, gofun and pigment over gold covered silk. It is in very good condition in all respects. It appears that the frame is original to the painting. The image measures 7.5'' by 5.5'' (20 by 14 cm. The frame measures 13.5'' by 11'' (35 by 28 cm). Kato Shinmei (1910-1988) was born in Nagoya and studied under Nakamura Gakuryo. He is first and foremost a painter of figures, in particular Maiko san. He was a regular exhibitor with the Nitten and won a prize there in 1948, later becoming a judge of the prestigious organization. He was also the recipient of numerous other prizes throughout his career.


Yano Kyoson (1890-1965) - Nihonga screen pair

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940   item# 1026780

Yano Kyoson (1890-1965) - Nihonga screen pair
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$12,000 

Almost certainly painted for exhibition this monumental pair of two fold screens is a true tour de force by the highly talented and eclectic artist Yano Kyoson. On a glowing gold ground suggesting intense sunlight a field of lush lotus plants is interspersed with their orange tinged flowers dancing in endlessly rhythmical patterns. Kannon, the goddess of mercy, appears as an apparition floating translucently in the pond. Her compassion and empathy radiate across the surface enchanting the excitable group of wagtails which have been rendered with remarkable realism. The scene has been painted on silk with thick mineral pigments, gofun, ink and color. The silk base has been laid over a gold foil squares in a technique known as 'uruhaku'. The work dates to the early Showa period, 1930's. The screens are in good, original condition. The screens themselves are almost perfect and the paintings are still mounted very tightly. Foxing is apparent, largely through the white gofun which has been used to render the flowers and kannon's robe. Each screen measures 73'' across and stands 68'' high (185 by 173 cm). Yano Kyoson (1890-1965) was a regular exhibitor with the Bunten and Teiten becoming a judge in 1930. He was a founding member of the Nihon Nangain and also founded the Osaka Art School in 1924. Although primarily a literati painter he explored many styles and genres.


Yano Kyoson (1890-1965) - Nihonga screen pair

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940   item# 1026779

Yano Kyoson (1890-1965) - Nihonga screen pair
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$12,000 

Almost certainly painted for exhibition this monumental pair of two fold screens is a true tour de force by the highly talented and eclectic artist Yano Kyoson. On a glowing gold ground suggesting intense sunlight a field of lush lotus plants is interspersed with their orange tinged flowers dancing in endlessly rhythmical patterns. Kannon, the goddess of mercy, appears as an apparition floating translucently in the pond. Her compassion and empathy radiate across the surface enchanting the excitable group of wagtails which have been rendered with remarkable realism. The scene has been painted on silk with thick mineral pigments, gofun, ink and color. The silk base has been laid over a gold foil squares in a technique known as 'uruhaku'. The work dates to the early Showa period, 1930's. The screens are in good, original condition. The screens themselves are almost perfect and the paintings are still mounted very tightly. Foxing is apparent, largely through the white gofun which has been used to render the flowers and kannon's robe. Each screen measures 73'' across and stands 68'' high (185 by 173 cm). Yano Kyoson (1890-1965) was a regular exhibitor with the Bunten and Teiten becoming a judge in 1930. He was a founding member of the Nihon Nangain and also founded the Osaka Art School in 1924. Although primarily a literati painter he explored many styles and genres.


Kawaii Kenji (b.1908) - 'Mountain pond'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1960   item# 1004219

Kawaii Kenji (b.1908) - 'Mountain pond'
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$1250 

Titled 'Yama no ike' or 'Mountain pond' this mid 20th century work by the nihonga artist Kawaii Kenji is complete with its original double kiri-wood storage box. It is a highly atmospheric painting that remains firmly anchored to the traditions of Nihonga whilst highlighting the individual style of the artist. Painted with pigments on paper the work is in good, original condition. The silk mounting is finished with ivory rollers. the image measures 15'' by 23'' (37.5 by 58.5 cm). The scroll measures 51.5'' by 31'' (131 by 78 cm). Kawaii Kenji was born in 1908. He graduated from the Kyoto Kaiga Gakko (Kyoto Arts School) and studied under Kayo. He submitted paintings to the Nitten 23 times and received the top award on two occasions. He later went on to become a judge of the Nitten. His teacher Kayo was one of the managers of the Nitten and also a member of the Geijutsuin. Kayo (Yamaguchi Komejiro) was born in 1899 and was a student of Nishimura Goun.


Yamada Mumon (1900-1988) - 'The lion roars'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1980   item# 918026

Yamada Mumon (1900-1988) - 'The lion roars'
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$2350 

A powerful zen message from Yamada Mumon: ''The lion roars!''. When Buddha proclaimed the Dharma, his voice was said to be like a ''lion's roar'', majestic and awe-inspriring. In zen calligraphy, the phrase means, ''Be bold and determined in your Buddhist practice like the king of the beasts!'' Also, ''Walk the talk'', that is, be up-front and direct in your Zen demeanor. In keeping with the force of the message Mumon has brushed this with exceptional vigor, literally damaging the paper in a number of areas on both the first and second characters with the forcefulness of his strokes. Contained within its original signed and sealed storage box, the painting is in good condition. Light, sporadic foxing is present. The scroll measures 76 by 18'' (194 by 46 cm). The image measures 51.5 by 13.5'' (131 by 34 cm). Yamada Mumon (1900-1988) was one of the most well known of 20th century Zen masters. Mumon wrote a number of popular books on Zen, and he had many disciples, both Japanese and foreign.


Miwa Chosei (1901-1983) - Daimonji Screen

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940   item# 541652

Miwa Chosei (1901-1983) - Daimonji Screen
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$2200 

This is a furosaki or tea ceremony screen by the noted artist Miwa Chosei, dating to the early Showa period - circa 1935. Pictured in isolation Mount Daimonji sweeps across the lower portion of the screen. An icon in Kyoto, ever present in the Eastern foothills, Daimonji is at the heart of the Obon festival that has been celebrated for over 500 years. The huge Chinese character, which can be seen clearly on the mountain reads `Dai` and it is set alight each year to guide the spirits of the deceased back to heaven. Ink has been puddled with water on the textured paper to create a heavily atmospheric scene showing smoke billowing from the fire and cloaking the mountain. The irregularly reflective silver surface of the washi paper further increases the drama of the scene. The silver is a mica based compound, which has been applied evenly over the paper. The paper has then been crumpled by hand before being mounted on the screen`s frame. The screen has recently been re-backed and the paper hinge has been replaced. The odd water mark is visible, as are scratch marks along the lower three inches – neither fact detracts from the screens beauty or purpose. It may even be that the scratches are original to the screen and implemented by the artist himself. Miwa Chosei (1901-1983) was born in Niigata Prefecture, and went on to study and live in Kyoto. He graduated from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting where he studied with Domoto Insho. He exhibited regularly with the Teiten from 1927, and became a judge of the Nitten organization in 1951. He later went on to become an executive of the group. He was also a member of the Geijutsuin or Imperial Art Academy. The screen measures 74 inches across and stands 29 inches high.


Matsumoto Ichiyo (1893-1952) - ‘Wind crossing’

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1930   item# 465443

Matsumoto Ichiyo (1893-1952) - ‘Wind crossing’
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$950 

A masterful use of the intimate fan format by Matsumoto Ichiyo. He has created a highly expressive composition. Titled ‘Futo’, or ‘Wind crossing’, the precariousness and vulnerability of the landscape is overwhelming. The spring scene shows the willow tree with lush, fresh foliage and the waning moon low in the evening sky. The stillness and romanticism of the moment is poignant. Contained within its original sealed and titled storage box, the scroll is original in all respects. The delicate and complimentary brocade is finished with ivory rollers. Painted on silk with rich pigments, the work is in near perfect condition. Contrary to the online images, the brocade mounting has no discoloration whatsoever, the piece displays superbly. The scroll measures 45 by 22.5 inches. The fan itself measures 18.5 inches across. Ichiyo was born in Kyoto in 1893 and passed away in 1952. He was the son of Matsumoto Yoshiki, studying under Yamamoto Shunkyo and Kawamura Manshu. He graduated from the Kyoto Kaiga Senmon Gakko and later went on to teach there. He was also a juror for the Nitten and Teiten. His works are held and regularly displayed at the Kyoto Municipal Museum and the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art.

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