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Kamikaze, the Divine Wind decimating the Chinese fleet as fearless warriors brave the tempest to drive off the attacking hordes. Uenaka Chokusai, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Pigment on silk in a pale silk border with ivory rollers. 19-1/2 inches x 7 feet (49 x 214 cm) in fine condition.
Uenaka Chokusai was born in Nara (1885-1977), and was enthralled with the arts from a young age. He apprenticed under Fukada Chokujo, and later Hashimoto Gaho. At the age of 23 he was accepted into the Bunten (modern Nitten). Shortly thereafter he became a disciple of the Nichiren Buddhist Orator Tanaka Chigaku. He would then fall under the tutelage of Yamamoto Shunkyo, combining his varied skills into a genre of historical scenery. Along with Hayashi Bunto, Ikeda Keisen and Ueda Manshu would help t establish the Nihon Jiyu Gakkai, a non-jurried exhibition of Free Painters. Work by him is held in the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT as well as the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK) among many others.