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Kawanabe Kyosai

Playful Elephants from India, 1863

Woodblock Print
13 3/4 × 9 1/4 in
34.9 × 23.5 cm
$1,400
location
New York
Certificate
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About the work
Condition
Very good color and impression, overall soiling and wear, damage lower left corner, small wormage.
Signature
Oju Seisei Chikamaro
Certificate of authenticity
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Frame
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Publisher
Ebisuya
Kawanabe Kyosai
Japanese, 1831–1889
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Often monikered the Demon of Painting—or Shuchu Gaki—Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyosai was famous for assaults on other artists, excessive drinking, political satires for which he was imprisoned, and most importantly, his accomplishments as a painter. The son of a samurai, Kyosai began studying traditional Japanese painting methods at the age of six, learning from the ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi and moving on to study at the Kano school. Throughout Kyosai’s career, Japan underwent radical modernization; in his paintings, he portrayed and satirized the decline of the Edo period and instatement of the Meiji regime, and parodied the Japanese adoption of Western styles (he was a strict nationalist despite his awareness of Western art.) Known to paint vigorously with a full brush, Kyosai’s namesake “demon paintings” depicted monsters and diabolical creates in fantastical, exaggerated menageries.

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About the work
Condition
Very good color and impression, overall soiling and wear, damage lower left corner, small wormage.
Signature
Oju Seisei Chikamaro
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Publisher
Ebisuya
Kawanabe Kyosai
Japanese, 1831–1889
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Often monikered the Demon of Painting—or Shuchu Gaki—Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyosai was famous for assaults on other artists, excessive drinking, political satires for which he was imprisoned, and most importantly, his accomplishments as a painter. The son of a samurai, Kyosai began studying traditional Japanese painting methods at the age of six, learning from the ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi and moving on to study at the Kano school. Throughout Kyosai’s career, Japan underwent radical modernization; in his paintings, he portrayed and satirized the decline of the Edo period and instatement of the Meiji regime, and parodied the Japanese adoption of Western styles (he was a strict nationalist despite his awareness of Western art.) Known to paint vigorously with a full brush, Kyosai’s namesake “demon paintings” depicted monsters and diabolical creates in fantastical, exaggerated menageries.

Kawanabe Kyosai

Playful Elephants from India, 1863

Woodblock Print
13 3/4 × 9 1/4 in
34.9 × 23.5 cm
$1,400
location
New York
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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