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Accordion Album of Paintings by Wakasa Butsugai


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940: Item # 1308512

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A book of 22 images by Wakasa Seigyo (Butsugai) depicted with ink and light color on paper. The album is 9-1/2 x 13 inches (24 x 33 cm), each painting 19 x 13 inches (48 x 33 cm). It is in overall very good condition. Seigyo Wakasa (Butsugai, 1888- 1957) was born Chutaro in Akita Prefecture, in the far North of the main Japanese Isle. He studied painting first under Takahashi Chozan, and after moving to Tokyo with Terasaki Kogyo at the Tokyo University of Art. After graduation he relocated to Kyoto and studied under Yamamoto Shunkyo, and later Yamazaki Kaido, putting him in direct line with the great artist Tomioka Tessai. With this illustrious background, it is not surprising his mastery of human imagery, the Shijo School and the Nanga Schools of painting. Like Tessai, he lived the literati ideal, painting for the sake of painting, and enjoying the fruits of the scholarly life. He traveled in China, incorporating that vast countries history and style into his repertoire, and maintaining a friendship with many Chinese painters living in Japan such as Goshoseki and O Itei. A companion of the Zen priest Seki Bokuo, he painted the large cloud dragon on the sliding doors facing the Sogen Pond at Tenryuji, four months before his death, leaving a long standing mark on the art world.