|Funada Gyokuju (1912-1991)|
Sanryô, Mountain topSigned: Gyokuju
Technique: sumi on silk 40.5 x 51.3
Mounting: blue raw silk 147 x 65
Box inscription: 山嶺
Gyokuju was born in Hiroshima Prefecture. He studied with Hayami Gyoshû (1894-1935) and and after Gyoshu's death with Kobayashi Kokei (1883-1957).
In 1938 he was one of the founders of the Rekitei Bijutsu Kyôkai, a society of avant-garde painters in the Nihonga style. Together with Iri Maruki (1901-1995) he was an important promotor of avant-garde expression in Japanese painting.