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The Roaring 20ís, Framed Painting by Nishimura Goun

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The Roaring 20ís, Framed Painting by Nishimura Goun
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A free-form watercolor on silk image of a dancer by Nishimura Goun inside a Kurogaki (black persimmon) frame with patterned brocade border. Who could not fall in love with this unusual expression of early twentieth century Japanese Art. She speaks of an era when a new freedom was growing in Japan, the growth of Democracy and rise of womenís rights. She dances free of care and self-consciousness, a blue ribbon tying her hair. Signed and stamped in the upper left corner, the painting is 42 x 37 cm (16-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches) The frame is 56.5 x 52 x 5 cm (22 x 20-1/2 x 2 inches). Both are in fine condition.
Nishimura Goun (1877-1938) was a prominent Pupil of Kishi Chikudo and Takeuchi Seiho. He showed at the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai (Japan Art Association) and then with the Zenkoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai (National Competitive Painting Exhibition). He was awarded at the first Bunten National Exhibition (1907) and later served as a judge at that prestigious event. Later in life he would be named a member of the Imperial Art Academy. Works by him are held in many private collections as well as the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Yamane Museum and the Gotoh Museum among many others.

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