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Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843)
Handscroll - 31 miscellaneous subjects
Signed: Matsumura Gekkei ku Keibun sho
Seals: Keibun noin (end)
Technique: sumi and colours on paper 1432 x 28.6
Condition: very good

Starting with 3 haiku by Gekkei.

A night in which the last mosquitos pound their rice cookies under overhanging eaves.

When the moon is full, dim shining insects: the milkyway.

Stones near the cabin, dead things that recall to chrysanthemums (HK)

1. White camlia
2. Resting crane
3. Rice oar with cricket
4. Rape seed
5. Cherry blossom
6. Chrysanthemum
7. Monk’s hood
8. Clover and butterfly
9. Coastal village
10. Ohara mae
11. Daikon
12. Mallard
13. Scholar watching flower grow
14. Redstart and rose
15. Morning glory
16. Fukurokuju
17. Coastal rocks
18. Hotei
19. Daffodil
20. Turtle
21. Chestnut
22. Cabin in the rain
23. Pine shoot and mushrooms
24. .. fruit
25. flowering ...
26. Monk’s hood
27. Lantern
28. Scholar and chrysanthemums
29. Man with a broom
30. Sea bream
31. Squid
32. Rose in the snow

Keibun was the younger brother of the painter and haiku poet Matsumura Go Shun (1752-1811). Go Shun was, in fact, 27 years older than Keibun and took care of his education. After Go Shun’s death in 1811, Keibun inherited the studio on Shijô Street. Together with Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845), he carried on the Shijô School, Keibun specializing in kachôga and Toyohiko in landscape painting. Keibun was one of Kyoto’s leading artists and he educated many talented pupils who became well-known artists.

Roberts p. 74
Araki p. 2948
Hillier pp. 126-136
Kyoto '98 p. 292

Price: EUR 3,250 / USD 3,607