Sold, Thank you!
Birds chatter, perhaps excited by the promise of Spring from the plum blossoms peeking out of a bamboo grove, winters snow melts and trickles through the stones in the stream belwo. A two panel screen, ink and light color on gold by Mizuta Chikuho (1883-1958). An excellent example of this artists Nanga style, the subject and rich wet lines of the bamboo crisp and direct, fading to washes of gray in the shadows. The screen measures 68 x 68 inches (172 x 173 cm) and is in fine condition.
Mizuta Chikuho was an Osaka Nanga artist trained under Himejima Chikugai, a Nihon Nangain member often displayed at the Nitten and, in fact, bestowed with the honor of judge for the prestigious event in his later years. Works by the artist are held in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto Municipal Art Museum among many others.