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Konoshima Ôkoku (1877-1938)
Nihonga
Morning at sea
Signed: Ôkoku
Seals: Ayami (Bunshitsu)
Technique: sumi and touches of colour on silk 26.2 × 42.8
Mounting: silver brocade and grey silk
126 × 55
Box: signed double box
Condition: fine

Ôkoku is known as a delicate, sensitive painter of kachôga (bird and flower painting), and landscapes. He was a rather independent artist, who remained true to his own high standards and who didn’t allow himself to be influenced by fashion. But in the end his independence made him lonely.
Ôkoku studied painting with Imao Keinen (1845-1924) and Chinese classics with the Confucian scholar Yamamoto Keigu (1827-1903). In his early career he was a successful artist, a frequent winner of prizes at the Bunten; and from 1913 on an adjudicator for both Bunten and Teiten, official government-sponsored exhibitions. During his later years, though, he felt unrecognized and turned to poetry and calligraphy.

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

Price: EUR 1,200 / USD 1,464