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Sketches of Birds and Animals

Artist:
Kawanabe Kyōsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
late 19th century, before 1870
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Handscroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
17 ft 3 1/2 in. x 10 3/4 in. (516.9 x 27.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.119.2
Not on view
After training in the academic Kano school tradition, Kyōsai became an independent painter in Edo (today's Tokyo) during the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate. A prolific painter and teacher, he became well known outside Japan through his prominence at the international expositions in Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1883. These charming, quickly rendered sketches were probably done as models for his students. They reveal the animated brushwork and sure command of form through line that characterize his painting.
Inscription: Signed: Shōjō Kyōsai, in black
Seal: Kyōsai, in red
[ Felix Tikotin , Amsterdam, NL, until 1937; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

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