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Japanese Antique Ka-Cho Signed Shigeyoshi

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Japanese Antique Ka-Cho Signed Shigeyoshi
This antique Japanese Ka-Cho (flower and bird) painting is signed by Shigeyoshi, a mid-19th Century Student of Hiroshige I, famed Edo Period painter of the Utagawa School.[WA, Per.B, Per.C] Shigeyoshi uses a distinct native Japanese mode known as the "Decorative Style".[106 G] This is an original Japanese creative trend developed during the Momoyama and Tokogawa Periods(1573-1868) when the Japanese were isolated from other cultures and looked inward for a new painting style. Characteristics of this new pictorial art include: richness and unabashed splendor of color in compositions, silhouetted against copious use of gold or silver backgrounds; large bold rhythmic lines for extreme, powerful patterns and greater complexity; and asymmetry of compositions. Even when calligraphy was used, it was bold and freely executed. The PROVENANCE is Late Edo/Early Meiji Shigeyoshi painting (wa) of a Japanese family repudiated of the Meiji Period. The American owner moved the painting to the United States in the 1920's, Eagle's Lair, West Florida Gallery, 2011. The Art and Orchid Gallery, March 31, 2012. The Art and Orchid Gallery's Shigeyoshi painting is the quintessence of the Japanese "Decorative Style". It contains the same bold composition of a tree trunk reaching up and out of the frame with crowded areas of bright flowers and leaves juxtaposed to open space that we find in decorative panel painting of Hasegawa, Tohaku, Kano Sanraku and Kano Eitoku, famous Japanese painters of the 15th and 16th Centuries.[164S, 116T, 106U] Two finely painted birds in blue shades, perched on a flowering branch against open ground to complete the characteristic ka-cho, flower and bird motif. However, the ornamentation of gold leaf squares for the background has been replaced by another decorative technique. The inventive technique used here appears to be rectangle squares of paper applied to an enamel turquoise painted ground with butted seams, letting color through. The scene was painted on applied paper. The painting was then treated with corrosive mordant to bite and etch lines and small holes through the applied, painted paper revealing the turquoise enamel. Some flowers, leaves and birds were finely "touched up" with fresh paint where the etching would distract from the images. Also, inner flower parts (stamens, etc.) were later painted in bright yellow and red. Certainly the technique produces an exemplary "Decorative Style" of detailed Japanese craftsmanship. The painting is signed, stamped, matted and framed in a gold bamboo, ready for hanging. More pictures, information and references available on our website. Size with Frame: ~ 23 3/4" H x 28"; Weight: ~ 6 1/2 pounds

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