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39. Kawanabe Kyôsai (1831-1889)
Ukiyo-e
Clam fishing
Signed: Shôshô Kyôsai
Seals: unread and Shôshô
Technique: colours on paper, 96.4 x 29.2
Mounting: light brown brocade and beige silk
183.5 x 34.5
Condition: creased, otherwise good

Kyôsai was born in Shimôsa Province, son of a samurai. In his youth he studied Ukiyo-e with Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), but changed to Kanô under Kanô Tôhaku Norinobu (1818-1851). He remained in the Kanô school from his 19th until he left at the age of 27 to start a independent career, a mixture of Kanô and Ukiyo-e.

A virtuoso who loved sake and its influence while working. Much of his work is humerous, cartoonesk, which even brought him to prison. He mocked the Western influence on Japanese art, but became friendly with many Europeans. He exhibited in Vienna at the International Exposition 1n 1873 and in Paris 1883.

Reference:
This is Kyôsai, 201
Kyoto 2008
Clark 1993
Jordan & Weston pp. 86-115
Roberts p. 100

Price: EUR 1,000 / USD 1,180