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Katei, Taki (1830-1901)
Nanga
Shirasagi - Egrets in reeds
Signed: Katei koji
Seals: Shinken Kain, Randen
Technique: sumi and some colours on silk 138.5 x 39.9
Date: Late autumn of 1884
Mounting: bronze brocade
197 x 52.4
Condition: good

Katei became one of the most popular Nanga artists in the Meiji period.
He was a son of a samurai who lived in Edo. He studied with the Nagasaki style painter Ôoka Umpô (1765-1848) and Sakamoto Konen (dates unknown). During his travels at the age of 21 he went to Nagasaki to study Chinese painting with Hidaka Tetsuô (1791-1871) and with a number of Chinese Painters. After staying in Nagasaki for half a year he returned to Tokyo from where he moved to Northern Japan. He stayed there for ten years not getting involved in the riots between Edo and Kyoto.
His paintings were shown in the Vienna Exposition of 1873. And in 1893 Katei was appointed Artist to the Imperial Household.

Reference:
Buckland 2013
Gitter-Yelen ‘02 p. 249
Roberts p. 171
Araki p. 1179

Price: EUR 900 / USD 1,071