Picture Album of Landscapes by Yi Fujiu and Ike no Taiga

Nakagawa Tenju Japanese

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In the preface to the first volume, Nakano Sodō mentions that the Kyoto artist Kan Dainen 韓大年 (also known as Kan Tenju) had made copies of actual paintings of the Bunjin artists Ike Taiga and Yi Fujiu (J. I Fukyū) in miniature format with the idea of creating a painting manual (e-dehon). Dainen, an expert in calligraphy and seal carving, was a patron of Taiga. I Fukyū, a Chinese merchant and amateur painter in the Literati style arrived in Nagasaki in 1720, and was admired by Taiga, Dainen and Aoki Shukuya (1737-1802). Fukyu was said to have copied the Yi Fukjiu paintings in 1767, and the Taiga ones 1768. The Bunjin painting and collector Kimura Kenkadō (1736–1802) acquired the manuscript of Dainen’s copies, and after his death it was inherited by one Nakazawa Keizan (dates unknown), who had Sodō author the Preface to the volumes.

Picture Album of Landscapes by Yi Fujiu and Ike no Taiga, Nakagawa Tenju (Japanese, died 1795), Set of two woodblock-printed books bound as one volume; ink on paper, Japan

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