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Ike Taiga (1723-1776)
Signed: Kashô
Seals: Taiga
Technique: colours on paper 29.3 x 52.5
Mounting: ochre brocade 128 x 66.5
Condition: old restoratored tears, otherwise fair

Authorized on the reverse in the 2nd month of spring of 1879 by Murase Taiitsu (1804-1881)

Taiga has become the best-known and most influential Nanga painter of the 18th century. He was the son of a farmer and he worked at a fan-painting shop in Kyoto and engraved seals.
After an accidental meeting with Yanagisawa Kien (1704-1758) he became his student and learned the Chinese technique of finger-painting in 1738. He became friends with Kô Fuyô (1722-84) and Kan Tenju (1727-95), who also worked in Kien’s studio.
In 1746 he married the poet/painter Gyokuran (1727-84), the owner of a teahouse. Taiga was a frequent traveller and in Edo he got into contact with Western imagery through Noro Genjô (1693-1761), a rangakusha, scholar of Western learning. This meeting also had an influence on Taiga’s work.
After Taiga died his studio Taigadô became a kind of pilgrimage resort for his followers.

Roberts p.167
Rosenfield B 23
Suzuki 1960
Suzuki 1996
Takeuchi 1992
Fischer 2007
Nihon bijutsu vol. 18