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24. Ike Taiga (1723-1776)
Nanga
Landscape, Keikyô rôgetsu, Valley bridge touched by the moon
Signed: -
Seals: Sangaku Dôja, Ike Mumei in, Zenshin Sôba hô Kyûko (bt) S 14, S 74, S 75
Technique: colours on paper 111 x 45,8
Mounting: bronze damask
ivoryivory rollers, 194 x 61,8
Box: double
Condition: fine

Taiga has become the best-known and most influential Nanga painter of the 18th century. He was the son of a farmer and he worked at a fan-painting shop in Kyoto and engraved seals.
After an accidental meeting with Yanagisawa Kien (1704-1758) he became his student and learned the Chinese technique of finger-painting in 1738. He became friends with Kô Fuyô (1722-84) and Kan Tenju (1727-95), who also worked in Kien’s studio.
In 1746 he married Gyokuran (1727-84), the proprietor of a teahouse, who was a talented painter and poet in her own right. Taiga was a frequent traveller and in Edo he got into contact with Western imagery through Noro Genjô (1693-1761), a rangakusha, scholar of Western learning. This meeting also had an influence on Taiga’s work.
After Taiga died his studio Taigadô became a kind of pilgrimage resort for his followers.

Reference:
Suzuki 1960
Suzuki 1996
Takeuchi 1992
Fischer 2007
Nihon no bijutsu kaiga kinshû Vol. 18

Price: EUR 4,800 / USD 5,232