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99. Dômoto Inshô (1891-1975) & Daimaru Hoppô (1879-1959)
Zakuro, Pomegranate - Kashibachi, bowl for sweets
Signed: Inshô
Seals: Hoppô
Technique: Grey gohonde Kyôyaki with a blue underglaze painting of a pomegranate, Ø16.2 x 7.3
Box: authorized in 1960 by Hoppô II (born 1926)
Condition: fine

Dômoto Inshô with Fukuda Heihachirô (1892-1974) were considered Kyoto’s top Nihonga painters of their generation. Inshô was the more controversial of the two and who moved to abstract painting later, being the first of the Nihonga artists to do so.

Inshō was born in Kyoto where was educated in craft design and drew patterns for textiles, but he pursued his studies in Nihonga painting between 1918-1924 at the Municipal College of Painting and as a pupil of Nishiyama Suishō (1879-1958). After he won a prize at the Teiten exhibition in 1925 for a large Buddhist painting he received commissions for several Buddhist temples, including Shitennōji in Osaka and Daigoji in Kyoto. During his lifetime he executed some 600 of these temple commissions.

But he was equally at home in traditional Japanese styles and Western abstract painting. In 1952 Inshô went to Europe as one of the first Nihonga painters to travel abroad after the war. His abstract works shook Japan, but started his career in the Western world with exhibitions in Paris, Turin and New York.

He regularly worked for the imperial household, was a member of the Japan Art Academy and received the Order of Culture in 1961. In 1966 he designed and built his own Dōmoto Art Museum in Kyoto to preserve and exhibit his work.

Kyoto 1977
Kyoto 1995
Roberts p. 19
Conant p. 291
Berry & Morioka ‘99 p. 282-287
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 253-4

Hoppô (Hokuhô) was born in Kaga in Ishigawa province. The Kutani ceramist Ôkura Seishichi (1835-1918) taught him to paint porcelain. In 1899 he went to Kyoto to study with Kitayama Sekisen. From 1906-09 Hopô was a professor in China at the Hunansheng zhitao xuetang, the Academy of ceramics in Hunan province, and at the same time he studied the history of Chinese porcelain. Back in Kyoto he concentrated on tea ceramics. He achieved many prizes at world exhibitions and also worked at the imperial court.
Hoppô would have been rated in the top 10 porcelain artists of Kyoto, along with Suwa Sôzan, Ito Suiko, Ito Tôzan, Miyanaga Tôzan, Takahashi Dôhachi, Seifu Yohei, Kiyomizu Rokubei, Miura Chikusen and Kiyomizu Zoroku, all artists active from the Meiji through the early Showa eras. Entrenched in the Kyoto literati world, he is known to have worked with many artists on joint ventures such as this.

Price: EUR 1,200 / USD 1,416