Kishi Ganku (1749/56-1838) - Plum & pine screen pair
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900: Item # 1110204
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|A truly dynamic composition pairing a gnarled plum tree with a wizened pine, the two reaching for each other across the expansive gold ground. A pair of magpies, harbingers of good news and fortune, are perched in the pine. Exceptional depth of image has been achieved through heavy ink infused strokes contrasting with the lighter washed, dabbed and blown areas. Against the brilliant, non-absorbent gold leaf the ink resonates with a purity and vitality seldom seen. For a comparative pair of screens by Kishi Ganku see; Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese screens from the art institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis art museum pp.156/7. The screens are in excellent condition and were recently re-mounted. There is one scratch through the middle of the pine tree and a few lighter, grouped marks on the same screen. Each screen measures 148'' across and stands 67'' high (376 cm by 171 cm). The signature on the pine screen reads UTANOSUKE GANKU. The accompanying seal reads GANKU. The signature on the plum screen reads KAYO GANKU. The seal immediately below this reads UTANOSUKE SHO. The smaller seal below this reads GANKU. The use of the name Utanosuke dates the screens to Ganku's earlier period, pre 1804. Kishi Ganku (1749/56-1838) was born in Kanazawa, moving to Kyoto in 1773 to become a retainer of Prince Arisugawa. He changed his family name to Kishi after 1813 when he settled in Iwakura, Kyoto. He originally worked in the Kano manner; then in the style of Shen Nanpin. Later Maruyama and Shijo school influences led to him adopting a rough and vigorous style upon which the Kishi school was founded. His works are held in numerous international collections including the Ashmolean, Freer and Metropolitan Museums.|