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30. Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835)
Potato landscape, still-life with taro, satoimo patatoes and kuwai, arrowhead
Signed: Chikuden sei
Seals: Chikuden Rôho
Technique: sumi and orange on paper, 16.5 x 33.5
Mounting: dark blue grey brocade and brown silk
112.5 x 44
Condition: aged, lightly soiled and creased, otherwise good

Chikuden was trained as a doctor, but being only the second son, he received permission to give up the family occupation at 23 and was allowed to study Chinese poetry and painting. He was taught ethics and history at the school which was controlled by the lord of Oka and so he became the historian of Bungo province.

In 1813 Chikuden resigned and started travelling and devoted himself to artistic pursuits, a good way to make many friends. He studied painting with Watanabe Hôtô (1752?-1833) and poetry in Kyoto. In 1826 he moved to Nagasaki to study recently imported Chinese poetry. Chikuden was ranked among the first of the Bunjin Nanga painters. His pupils, especially his major pupil and adopted son Tanomura Chokunyū (1814-1907) have carried on the legacy of Chikuden throughout the 19th and early 20th Century.

Oita 1982
Oita 1999
Nihon no bijutsu kaiga kinshû Vol. 21
Berry & Morioka ’08 p. 302-03 (# 21)
Cahill p. 94 ff.
Roberts p. 13
Araki p. 638 ff.

Price: EUR 750 / USD 885