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An interesting comment on the circle of life, the huge cicada, with only a three day (above ground) life, is dissected and carried away by a line of tiny ants, birth and death, the mighty and the tiny, and the cycle of life continues. This image is by Ishikawa Chikuson and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is performed with ink and light color on handmade paper, mounted in a field of soft-blue silk extended with beige. The scroll is 22 x 48-1/2 inches (55 x 123 cm) and is in overall fine condition.
Ishikawa Chikuson (1884-1952) was born in Tokyoand was given his mothers name. At the age of 18 he apprenticed under Matsumoto Fuko and Suzuki Kason. Much lauded at the time, he moved to Nagoua after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 destroyed his studio, establishing a studio and a following in his new home, but was again, later in life, displaced by war and the allied bombing of Nagoya. He took refuge in rural Mie prefecture. After the signing of peace terms, he returned to the barren Nagoya where he took a job as a postal worker while rebuilding his studio.