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Konoshima Ôkoku (1877-1938)
Flowering gourd (mounted fan)
Signed: Ôkoku
Seals: Ayami (Bunshitsu)
Technique: sumi and yellow on paper 17 x 53
Mounting: light brown brocade and pink silk
125 x 57.8
Box: signed
Condition: mounted fan, fine

Ôkoku, is known as a delicate sensitive painter of kachôga and landscapes. He was a rather independent artist, who remained true to his own high standards and didn’t allow himself to be influenced by fashion. In his early career he was a successful artist, a frequent winner of prizes at the Bunten; and from 1913 on a juror for both Bunten and Teiten. In his later years he increasingly felt unrecognized and turned to poetry and calligraphy. His sense of lonliness probably had to do with his independent attitude.
Ôkoku, studied painting with Imao Keinen (1845-1924) and at the same time he studied Chinese classics with the Confucianist Yamamoto Keigu (1827-1903).

Sen-oku Hakuko kan 2013
Hanatori 2001
Aburai p.171
Morioka & Berry ‘99 pp. 206-11 (# 58-59)
Roberts p. 89
Araki p. 2756