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Japanese Scroll Painting, 'Group of Carp', Colour on Silk, Early 20th Century

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Group of carp Matsunaga Tensho (1897-1945) Hanging scroll; ink, colour and gold on silk. Painting inscription: Tensho Painting seals: - Matsu in - Tensho Box inscription: Tensho Jitsu Kinsho Box seals: - Matsunaga Jitsu In - Tensho Dimensions: Scroll: 203 cm x  90 cm (80” x 35.5”) Image: 167 cm x 71 cm (66” x 28”) This painting captures a shoal of carp majestically swirling through water. The artist, Matsunaga Tensho, paints the scene with a dedication to naturalism through shasei: a technique based on direct observation of nature. Carp or koi have been painted in Japan in many contexts since the Muromachi period, but depicting them in such a realistic manner derives from the influence of the Maruyama school of painting. Shades of gold, brown, and orange lend the bodies of the carp a soft yet resonant glow. The background washes of ink and gold further enhance the radiant effect. The perpetual movement of the koi, their underwater environment, even the spruce-green brocade, are all designed to induce feelings of coolness and refreshment during the summer months. The inside of the original storage box bears a seal which notes that on July 17, 1929, the painting changed hands from the deceased Kunihiko to Kakuin. Matsunaga Tensho (1897-1945) was born in Gifu Prefecture. Tensho first studied painting under the Shijo School painter Kawamura Kobun. Later he apprenticed in Tokyo under the Maruyama School painter Kawabata Gyokusho. A skilled naturalist in the bird-and-flower tradition, Tensho became renowned for his painting of koi or carp. A frequent exhibitor, his paintings won many awards and the patronage of the Imperial Court. He was a member of the Teikoku Kaiga Kyokai (Imperial Painting Society), the Bijutsu Kenseikai (Fine Art Research Association), the Nihongakai (Japanese Painting Association), the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai (Japan Art Association), and the Tenshinkai (an art association of Kawabata Gyokusho’s students, the Tenshin Society). Tensho also became noted as a Matcha Tea Ceremony master.  

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  • Creator
    Matsunaga Tensho (1897-1945) (Artist)
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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 80 in. x W 35.5 in. x D .75 in.H 203.2 cm x W 90.17 cm x D 1.91 cm
  • Seller Location
    Kyoto, JP
  • Reference Number
    LU2472312149351
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