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Gan Ku (1749-1838) & Gan Tai (1782-1865)
Crane and reeds
Signed: Rô Gan Ku, Sha tsuru Echizen no kami Gan Tai
Seals: Gan Ku, Gan Ku
Technique: sumi, white and red on silk 102.4 x 36
Mounting: light brown damask and green silk
183.5 x 48.8
Condition: very good

Gan Kuwas born in Kanazawa where he worked in the service of a dyer; he was a poor man. After he moved to Kyoto in 1780 he independently studied a number of different painting styles, which he amalgamated into the Kishi style. The Kishi School was considered one of the most important Kyoto schools during the 19th century. With Maruyama Ôkyo (1733-1795) and Go Shun (1752-1811), Gan Ku was an influential advocate of the shasei style (painting from nature). In view of the fact that he was ranked high on the rating list of famous people of Kyoto, the Heian jinbutsu shi, Gan Ku must have been a most important painter in Kyoto of the early 19th century.

Ritto - Kishiha pp. 5-36 (# 1-22)
Roberts p. 28
Araki pp. 1162-1167
Kyoto '98: # 3-7, 8, 4 -10,12
Hillier '74 pp. 213-222 (# 158-163)

Gan Tai, the eldest son and pupil of Gan Ku (1749-1838), was a fine painter in the Kishi tradition. With Kishi Renzan (1805-1859) he carried on the Kishi School.

Ritto p. 37-41
Roberts p. 28
Araki p. 1162
Kyoto '98 p. 276
Hillier '74 p. 221-223

Price: EUR 1,000 / USD 1,150