Good condition, signs of aging (wrinkles). No damage or repairs. See description and photos.
Beautiful outstanding handpainted scroll painting depicting a Carp in a Waterfall
Japan, ca. 1930
Signed and stamped by Kawabata Ryūshi 川端龍子 (1885-1966)
Kawabata Ryūshi is one of the most admired Japanese artists from the Showa Era (1926-1988). Kawabata Ryūshi was the pseudonym for Kawabata Shotarō. He was the most adventurous, varied and innovative of the second generation of Nihonga artists. He was born in Wakayama, but moved to Tokyo in 1895, and in 1904 began in earnest the study of Western-style painting (yoga) at both the Hakubakai and Taiheiyo Art Institutes. The turning point in his career came when he visited the United States in 1913 to study Western-style paintings in more depth but instead, he became so deeply impressed by the Japanese paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (many of them collected by Ernest Fenellosa, the spiritual father of Nihonga itself) that he switched to the Nihonga genre on his return to Japan in 1914, exhibiting at the Inten in 1915. However, he soon disassociated himself from the Institute due to its ever increasing academism, and established his own Nihonga art circle, the Seiryusha in 1928, continuing to produce works of great vigour after World War II and, together with Yokoyama Taikan and Kawai Gyokudo, he came to be regarded as one of the 'Three Big Figures' in the field of Nihonga painting.
The artist's works are in the collection of the Tokyo National Modern Museum, the Adachi Museum, the Wakayama Municipal Museum, the Yamatane Museum as well as the Kawabata Ryushi Memorial Musuem in Tokyo.
Very special painting on cloth
The painting is in a good condition, some wrinkles, see images.
The scroll ends are made of wood
Measurements: (width x height)
Total size: approx. 51 x 167 cm (excl. roller ends)
Painting size: approx. 36 x 95,5 cm
Carps are associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. They symbolize good luck. Symbolic in Buddhism is to represent courage. Today the fish are considered to be symbolic of advancement materially and spiritually.
According to Chinese mythology, the Dragon’s Gate is located at the top of a waterfall cascading from a legendary mountain. Many carp swim upstream against the river’s strong current, but few are capable or brave enough for the final leap over the waterfall. Not a single carp out of a hundred, a thousand, or even ten thousand, can climb the falls, not even after ten or twenty years. If a carp successfully makes the jump, it is transformed into a powerful dragon. The story symbolizes the virtues of courage, effort, and perseverance, which correspond to the nearly impossible struggle of humans to attain Buddhahood.
More chronological details of the life of Kawabata Ryūshi:
1885 Japanese painter Ryūshi Kawabata was born in Wakayama Prefecture
1904 Entered the Hakubakai Kenkyujo, a group of oil painters
1907 Entered the Taiheiyougakai Kenkyujo, a group of oil painters
1913 Took a journey to America Converted to Japanese painting after returning to Japan
1915 Established the Sangokai with Hyakusui Hirafuku and others
1917 Became the Donin of the Japan Art Institute
1928 Resigned as the Donin of the Japan Art Institute
1929 Established the Seiryusha, his own Japanese painting circle
1935 Appointed to a member of the Teikokubijutsuin (now The Japan Art Academy)
1936 Resigned his membership of the Teikokubijutsuin (now The Japan Art Academy)
1959 Given the Order of Culture
1966 Ryūshi Kawabata passed away at the age of 80
The painting will be carefully packaged and shipped by registered post.
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