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Female Nanga Literati Work of Bamboo by Okuhara Seiko

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Female Nanga Literati Work of Bamboo by Okuhara Seiko
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Monochrome Painting of Bamboo

Okuhara Seiko (1837-1913)

Size: Height 33.2" Width 8.8"

Okuhara Seiko was part of the mainly male dominated school of Nanga and Literati paintings. Born as a daughter of a samurai from the Mito region, Seiko independently studied Ming and Qing literati paintings where she came across Fei Qinghu, a Chinese literati painter who immigrated to Japan around the 1780-1790 period and used his name Qinghu, as her artist name. Seiko continued to adopt elements from Dong Qichang and Mi Fu creating an independent style unlike the works seen with the more famous literati artists such as the Tanomura line or other schools. Seiko was working during the Meiji period where the changing tastes of Meiji Japan affected traditional schools of paintings. However, the revolutionaries took note of her persistence and boldness and a few became patrons of her works. Later in life, Seiko became noted for her knowledge and skills in painting and poetry that she had accepted many students. Seiko even allowed women to board in her studio, noting that women should have an opportunity receive an education.

In the U.S., Okuhara Seiko's independent and cross gender roles are welling up new narratives and appreciation for her efforts. Sources:

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