Kyosai Kawanabe, Lily and Heron


Artist: Kyosai Kawanabe (1831-1889)
Title: Lily and Heron
Series title: Kyosai's Drawings for Pleasure (Kyosai Rakuga)
Publisher: Morita Tetsugoro / Takeda Den'emon
Date: 1881
Size: 22.5 x 29.9 cm

題名:暁斎楽画 鷺に百合

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Kyosai Kawanabe

Kyosai was born in Shimosa province in a samurai family. He studied as a child under Kuniyoshi Utagawa, then later in the Kano school. Exhibited at the Vienna International Exposition in 2873 and in Paris in 1883. His distinguished painting, largely in the late-Kano manner, includes some excellent bird studies and is often marked by a wild, eccentric humour. He left many lively sketches of great dexterity of draughtsmanship. Also made prints, some of the most iconic ones being of ravens, in a bold, simple style, and caricatures full of fantasy and invention. His work mirrored his life in its wild and undisciplined nature, and occasionally reflected his love of drink. He compensated with a fantastic exuberance, which always lent interest to his technically excellent drawing skills.

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Print FormatChuban
ArtistKyosai Kawanabe
SubjectAnimal & Birds
Dimensions22.5 x 29.9 cm
Condition ReportVertical centrefold, minor restorations, light creasing.