A set of three hanging scroll paintings depicts Japanese old custom and figures. Painted on silk with ink and pigments. The piece is accompanied by an old paulownia wood store box with an inscription reads Kawanabe Kyosai Shinseki means authenticating the paintings. The paintings are vividly well depicted in brush works with full of life. Sealed.
Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) was a Japanese artist active during late Edo period – Meiji period in Japan. He born into a samurai family. Kyōsai started studying paintings under Utagawa Kuniyoshi as well as under a prominent painter of Kano school, Maemura Towa at his young age. As Kyosai was passionate about learning painting skills from various well-known partings, Maemura Towa called Kyosai as “Gaki” means an ogre of painting. He was an artist with a spirit of rebelliousness and produced many cartoons and caricatures. For this reason, he had been arrested and imprisoned three times in the early Meiji period. He painted a large number of pictures and sketches, often choosing subjects from the folklore of the country. His outstanding works have been highly valued around the world, which always lends interest to draughtsman ship of very great technical excellence.
A fine collections of his artworks are preserved in numerous art galleries and museums including the British Museum, National Art Library at South Kensington and the Guimet Museum at Paris. In Japan, The Kawanabe Kyōsai Memorial Museum was established in 1977, located at Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Painting: 16 3/8” x 21 1/8” (41.5cm x 105.0cm)
Scroll: 21 1/8” x 74 1/2” (53.5cm x 189.0cm)