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

Box inscription outside: 印象画 □柘榴図 盂 Inshô ga, .. Zakuro,ga U, pomegranate, Bowl
Inside: 初代北峯製 庚子暮夏 二世北峯識「印」北峯□印
Shodai Hoppô sei kinoe-ne kurenatsu, Summer of 1960, [signed:] Hoppô II shiki [seal:] Hoppô .. in

Dômoto Inshô was considered one Kyoto’s top Nihonga painters of his generation as the first of the Nihonga artists he moved to abstract painting.

Inshō was born in Kyoto where was educated in craft design, but he pursued his studies in Nihonga painting between 1918-1924 as a pupil of Nishiyama Suishō (1879-1958). In 1952 he 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.

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

Hoppô was born in Kaga in Ishigawa province. The Kutani ceramist Ôkura Seishichi (1835-1918) taught him to decorate porcelain. In 1899 he went to Kyoto and from 1906-1909 he lived in China. There he taught the technique of porcelain at the Hunansheng Zhitao Xuetang, the Academy of Ceramics in Hunan province nd at the same time he studied the history of Chinese porcelain. Back in Kyoto he was considered one of the best porcelain artists.

Price: EUR 1,200 / USD 1,320