Yuki Somei (1875-1957) - Japanese nightingale & bamboo

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 1183377

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76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335



Yuki Somei (1875-1957) - Japanese nightingale & bamboo
The title of this work by Yuki Somei is 'Kini'. The 'kin' meaning gold(en) and the 'i' thread. Likely referring to the gold on the back of the little bird, as if woven with golden thread. The image measures 53'' by 17'' (134 by 43 cm). The scroll measures 82'' by 22'' (209 by 56 cm). Painted on silk with ink and color the image is in reasonably good condition. There are a few sporadic foxing marks, the two that you will notice most are the one below the signature and the one on the far left of the painting about two thirds of the way up. Yuki Somei (1875-1957) - Nihonga painter. Born and worked in Tokyo. Studied first under Kawabata Gyokusho. Graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1897; turned for a short while to Western-style painting. While still at school, showed with the Nihongakai. An early exhibitor and frequent prize winner with the Bunten. In 1900, with Hirafuku Hyakusui and others, helped found the Museikai and in 1917 was one of the founders of the Kinreisha. A frequent juror for the Teiten from its foundation in 1919. From 1923-1925 in Europe; on his return taught at his alma mater. His work at times decorative, at times illustrative, shows considerable western influence. See Roberts pp.205.

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