Kano Eiō – 狩野永翁 (1731-1805) – Seaside Landscape – 山水

$700.00 CAD

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Kano Eiō was born as Katsunobu Eiō in Ueda, Nagano, into the Nasu clan. Ueda was considered a fairly remote town in the late Edo period. Eiō served his feudal lords (the Ueda clan) and the wealthy merchants of Nagano during his lifetime. The Nasu clan claimed direct descendancy from Prince Moriyoshi, putting themselves in line as descendants of the monarchy. Eiō was a disciple of his father, who was a notable painter, and for reasons of practicality and the strategic value, he found himself studying in Edo (now Tokyo) under the Kanō Nakabashi branch of the Kanō school. After the death of his father, Eiō inherited the family estate and kept the family name and fortune flourishing and respected until his death at the age of 75. His great masterpiece, which is considered a Nagano treasure, is his piece entitled “Flying Dragon” (1784 – last photo, bottom right), which he painted to help end a famine (the dragon is the water god of the east). It was dedicated to Shinano Omiya Shrine and Konyamachi Hachimangu shrine, -where it currently rests. Another notable work of his is the series “Flowers of the Four Seasons”. He is held in the National Museum of Japanese History [“Four Season of Agriculture”, folding screen], the Kome Academy [“Four Seasons of Farming”, 6-panel folding screen], and the Fukuoka City Museum.

Due to this remote location, not many pieces by Eiō made it into the large cities like Edo, and as a consequence, not many have made their way into the marketplace, -making availability outside of Japan a rarity. Very good condition for its age (minor creases and a few very small damages). Expertly remounted with gorgeous handmade ceramic jikusaki (roller ends).

17″ x 72″ – Price includes shipping worldwide! Comes with a signed and sealed document of authenticity and an email with links to roughly 3 hours-worth of further reading and documentary viewing related to the piece. All prices in Canadian dollars. Shipped in an industrial strength tube with layers of bubble-wrap.

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