Japanese Art Auction MEGURU vol.4
Preview : 27 June ‒ 5 July, 2020
Bidding Period : ～5 July, 2020
Bid Opening : 7 July, 2020
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【MEGURU vol.4 Highlights】
Since ancient times, Bijin-ga (paintings of beautiful women) has been a major subject within Japanese art. This major Japanese genre depicts elegant female figures. Alongside its sophisticated detailing of subtle features, from the tips of their fingers to each strand of hair, these works are the result of great tradition and refinement.This edition of MEGURU will offer works the great masters of Bijin-ga; Takehisa Yumeji, Ito Shinsui, Kaburaki Kiyokata and Ito Shoha.
Known as the passionate painter who challenged modern Nihon-ga (Japanese-style painting), in her deviation from the mainstream aesthetic, her bold paintings were once described as "getemono" (a detrimental Japanese term meaning unorthodox and bizarre). The renowned Japanese painter, Kobayashi Kokei praised her work stating, " Getemono and the real art are two sides of one coin. Don't ever change your style." Maintaining her aesthetic independence, she would eventually establish an original aesthetic, which would disrupt traditional notions of Nihon-ga. This MEGURU will feature the most iconic of Kataoka Tamako's works, her paintings of Mt. Fuji.
● Calligraphy of Bakumatsu to the Meiji Restoration period
This season will feature works by the heroes who changed Japanese history. Reflecting the turbulence of the Bakumatsu to the Meiji Restoration period (1858-1868), these are the works of great minds. This MEGURU will feature works by the legendary Bakumatsu Sanshu (Katsu Kaishu, Yamaoka Tesshu and Takahashi Deishu), Saigo Nanshu (Takamori), Fukuzawa Yukichi and Soejima Taneomi- to name a few.
A celebrated MEGURU feature, this edition will, like before, works by famous Mingei artists. Established in the 1920's, this modern artistic movement was led by the philosopher and art critic, Yanagi Muneyoshi (also known as Yanagi Soetsu). Subverting traditional notions of beauty, Mingei celebrates the simple beauty of everyday utilitarian objects. This MEGURU will feature the great crafts of Kawai Kanjiro, Munakata Shiko, Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach.
Ito Jakuchu, “Lobster”
Color on paper
108×44cm / 198×54cm
Starting Bid： ¥2,000,000
Ito Jakuchu “Hahacho”
Ink on paper
101×27cm / 167×38cm
Kataoka Tamako “Mt. Fuji in Early Spring”
Color on paper, with a label signed and sealed by the artist, framed, with a certificate of authenticity by Tokyo Bijutsu Club
30×38cm / 56×66cm
Sugiyama Yasushi “Evening Tide”
Color on linen cloth, with a box signed and sealed by the artist, framed
72×53cm / 76×57cm
Tanaka Isson, “Wisteria”
Color on paper, with a box signed and sealed by the artist
140×34cm / 203×48cm
Umehara Ryuzaburo "Landscape in Venice"
Color on paper, with a box and label signed and sealed by the artist, with a certificate of authenticity by Tokyo Bijutsu Club
Hakuin Ekaku “Jurojin (God of Longevity)”
Ink on paper
102×30cm / 178×32cm
Sengai Gibon, ”Kannon”
Ink on paper, exhibited at Kyohakukai Sengai Osho Ibokuten
Fukuzawa Yukichi, “Calligraphy”
Kawai Kanjiro, “Gosu Pot”
With a box signed and sealed by Kawai Tsune
Daum Brothers, “Lakeside Landscape Scenic Vase”
With a box, mottled glass, vitrification and etching, Signed at the bottom
Emile Galle, “Vase with Enamel Dahlia”
With a box, enamel on glass, Signed at the bottom
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