Kishi Ganku (1749/56-1839) - Chinese blackbirds
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900: Item # 1206235
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|An earlier work by Kishi Ganku, most strongly influenced by his involvement with the Nagasaki/Chen Nanpin style of painting. A pair of animated Chinese blackbirds on a gnarled tree. Extremely vivid and alive as you would expect from one of the most talented painters of the time. Painted on paper with ink and touches of color the work is in very good condition. The image measures 47'' by 19'' (120 by 47 cm). The scroll measures 80'' by 23'' (204 by 59 cm). The first part of Ganku's life is less well documented than the second part. Both 1749 and 1756 are given as his birthdates. It is thought that he went to Kyoto to study painting in 1773. It is certain he became an official of the Imperial Household, serving Prince Arisugawa, and was appointed Echizen-no-suke, honorary governor of Echizen in 1804. From 1809 to 1813 he lived in Kanazawa, and in the last decades of his life he lived in Iwakura, North of Kyoto. Artistically speaking he first started Kano painting, then painting in the Chinese manner of Shen Nanpin. Later, under the influence of the Maruyama and Shij˘ schools of painting he developed his own style of painting, a rough and vigorous style, and founded the Kishi school. He is mostly admired for his animal paintings, and he specialized in tiger paintings. He had a number of gifted pupils, Kishi Gantai, Kishi Ganry˘ (who was later adopted by him) and Kishi Renzan, to name but a few.|