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Kawamura Ukoku (1838-1906)
Nanga
Sailing in autumn
Signed: Ukoku Ô[shin]
Seals: Ôshin noin, Ukoku
Technique: sumi on paper 136.8 x 40.8
Date: summers day of 1878
Mounting: bronze brocade
203 x 55.5
Condition: some light foxing, otherwise good

詩情秋水遠画意晩山明 
The poetry of the autumn waters reaches into the distance,
the picturesqueness of the evening mountains is clear.


Ukoku was the son of a samurai. Together with his father he went to Niigata, to study Chinese classics. About 27 years old he became a gouvernment official at Nagasaki where he studied painting with Kanoshita Itsuun (1799-1866) and Hidaka Tetsuô (1791-1871). After the restauration he served as a justice at the supreme court. In 1898 he retired to concentrate on his painting. Ukoku was one of the founders of the Nihon Nanga Kyōkai (Nanga Society of Japan) and the Tôyô Kaigakai.

Reference:
Hempel ‘98 p. 172
Roberts p. 73
Araki p. 1152

WAS: € 650,- ($ 715)

Price: EUR 250 / USD 275