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13. Gan Ku (1749-1838)
Signed: Gan Ku
Seals: Kakan Gan Ku
Technique: sumi on silk 103,7 x 37,4
Mounting: blue damask and dark brown silk
dark wooden rollers, 188 x 50
Condition: restoration at the top of the mounting, otherwise very good

Gan Ku was born in Kanazawa where he worked in the service of a dyer; he was a poor man. After he had moved to Kyoto in 1780, he independently studied a number of different painting styles, which he amalgamated into the Kishi style. The Kishi School was considered one of the most important Kyoto schools during the 19th century. With Ôkyo and Go Shun (# 1), Gan Ku was an influential advocate of shasei (painting from nature).and in view of the fact that he ranked high on the rating list of famous people of Kyoto, the Heian jinbutsu shi, Gan Ku must have been a most important painter in Kyoto of the early 19th century.

Ritto - Kishiha pp. 5-36 (# 1-22)
Roberts p. 28
Araki pp. 1162-1167
Kyoto '98: # 3-7, 8, 4 -10,12
Hillier '74 pp. 213-222 (# 158-163)