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5. Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945)
Nihonga
Sansô ugo - Mountain retreat after the rain
Signed: Kansetsu sanshi sha
Seals: Kansetsu
Technique: colours on silk 128.8 X 26.5
Mounting: gold brocade and beige silk
211 x 38.5
Box: signed double box
Condition: very good

nscription reads: 曉烟酣石氣, 夜雨壮溪聲
Morning mist enriches the vapor that hangs around the rocks,
the night rain intensifies the murmur of the water.


Kansetsu was born in Kobe. His father was a specialist of Chinese studies and a painter in the literati style. His mother was a competent amateur painter and his grandfather had practiced haiku. Kansetsu’s parental home was a meeting point for scholars and artists. Kansetsu first studied painting with his father and subsequently took up the Maruyama-Shijō style with Kataoka Kōkō (dates unknown). In 1903 he became a disciple of Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942), an immensely influential figure in the Kyoto art world. Seihō had been included in an official delegation that had visited Europe in 1900, a trip that had opened up new artistic horizons for him. Elements of European impressionism can be detected in Kansetsu’s work. Although interested in European art (he travelled to Europe in 1921 and 1927), his main interest was China. He went to China almost every year from 1913 on, all in all more than thirty times. In 1935 he was appointed a member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy and in 1939 he received the Asahi Culture Prize. His former Kyoto house is now a museum.

Reference:
Kyoto 1957
Kyoto 1977
Conant pp. 293-294
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 224-29
Berry & Morioka ‘08 pp. 261-63
Roberts p. 41

Price: EUR 1,500 / USD 1,777