A tiger sits tensed on a pine tree. The fearsome advance of the beast is suggested by the powerfully hunched shoulders, the placing of its feet, which all emphasize the animal's size and strength. Painted with ink on silk. The signature reads Ganryo and sealed.
Kishi Ganryo (1798-1852) was a Kyoto based painter active during late Edo period, 19th century. He was trained under Kishi Ganku, who was a noted Japanese painter of the late Edo period and founder of the Kishi school of painting. Kishi school is best known for their tiger paintings. Ganryo was adept at not only tiger paintings but also realistic paintings of Nanpin style. Ganryo’s painting skills were well valued that he became a retainer of prince Arisugawa and attached to the imperial court.
The painting is in good condition with some light marks present. There are some light and tiny marks, and blackish visible on the scroll mounting.
Painting: 14 1/4” x 38 1/2” (36.0cm x 97.5cm)
Scroll: 18 5/8” x 72 1/8” (47.0cm x 183.0cm)