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Irie Shikai (1862-1940)
Nihonga
Landscape with waterfall
Signed: Heiga Shikai sanjin
Seals: Shikai,
Technique: sumi and red on paper 137.8 x 48
Date: August 1912
Mounting: pale olive green damask
Condition: good

Shikai was born in Tsukushi, Fukuoka Prefecture. Haizan Yoshitsugu (1846-1915) was his teacher, but is style is sometimes compared to that of Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835).
Irie Shikai is generally considered to have belonged to the group of painters that is now often referred to as "New Nanga". A better-known representative is his contemporary Fukuda Kodôjin (1865-1944). The "New Nanga" painters did not submit paintings to the well-known government exhibitions, but they went their own individual ways.
Irie Shikai is known to have been involved with the ultranationalist politician Mitsuru Tôyama (1855-1944), but this involvement was fairly short-lived and he soon returned to painting and calligraphy.

Reference:
Berry ‘01 # 61
Berry ‘08 p. 256

Price: EUR 1,000 / USD 1,070