Edo Japanese Silver Koi Screen, Carp, Watanabe Kiyoshi
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Koi in ink and brushes of gold swim effortlessly on the surface of this pair of paintings by 19th century artist Watanabe Kiyoshi mounted on applied silver foil and enclosed in a black lacquered wooden frame. The screen is 168 x 169.5 cm (66 x 67 inches) fully open and is in fine condition.
Watanabe Kiyoshi (1778-1861) was born to the household of Rihei, a Nuihaku (specialist in Embroidery and wearing kimono) in Owari, modern day Nagoya. He studied painting first in the Kano style under Yoshikawa Hidenobu (Eishin) and Yoshinobu, then moved to Kyoto where he took up the Tosa school and Yamato-e under Tosa Mitsusada and Tanaka Totsugen. Along with his teacher Totsugen, and fellow students Reizei Tamechika and Ukita Ikkei became the proponents of the Gokoyamato-e style, returning to Nagoya where he remained for the rest of his life.