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Scenes in and around Kyoto - Rakuchu Rakugai zu late 17th early 18th century
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Ref : 95955
87 000 €
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
Japan
Medium :
Ink, gold, paper
Dimensions :
l. 148.03 inch X H. 67.72 inch
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Scenes in and around Kyoto - Rakuchu Rakugai zu late 17th early 18th century

Ink painting and natural pigments of colors on gold leaf.

The first known folding screens in the city of Kyoto date from the 16th century.
The National Museum of Japanese History has a pair (important cultural property) which would be the oldest known version and representing Kyoto in the 1520s and attributed to Motonobu Kano (1476-1559).
The Tokyo National Museum has a copy of the original made in the Edo period by Eitoku KANO (1543-1590). The landscape depicted is believed to be from the 1540s.
The Yonezawa City Museum has a pair painted by Eitoku Kano (National Treasure) and which is considered the best masterpiece of Rakuchu Rakugai zu at the request of Nobunaga ODA who offered it to Kenshin UESUGI (warlord of the province of Echigo) in 1574. The decoration represented dates from 1547.
In the Edo period and after, Nij? Castle was a central theme in the depiction of Kyoto. It is estimated that around a hundred screens were painted in the 19th century.

This pair of screens was presented and authenticated (see the back of the screens) by the official Japanese body for controlling works of art during the Kyoho period (1716-1736).
We can therefore certify that they were made towards the end of the 17th century or the very beginning of the 18th century.
The main themes are well represented, the Nij? castle, of the Tokugawa clan, towards which a troop of soldiers goes, accompanying high dignitaries in palanquins, the different ways of life such as the theater, brothels, craftsmen, schools of samurai, several temples, the river which undulates and crosses Kyoto (Kamo-gawa) where sail several boats and fishermen as well as the hills surrounding Kyoto.
The quality and finesse of the details make it a major work. The contemplation of these paintings immerses us in the universe of this "museum" city as it was 300 years earlier.
The perfect state of conservation, for its age, of these screens is due to its provenance. A Japanese aristocratic family that has always owned it.
Dimensions: total width 376 x height 172 cm.

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