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17. Azuma Tôyô (1755-1839)
Maruyama
Reclining ox with pineshoot
Signed: Tôyô
Seals: Kyôshû Hôgô & Tôyô
Technique: sumi and light colour on paper 128 x 53,8
Date: 1827
Mounting: grey and yellow grey crushed paper
red lacquered rollers, 217 x 67,2
Condition: fine

Tôyô was a painter much appreciated by his fellow artists, and is also considered one of the most important painters from Sendai.

In the early 1770s he went to Kyoto where he studied Kanô painting under Kanô Baishô (1729-1808), but under the influence of Yosa Buson (1716-1783), and through his studies with Maruyama Ôkyo and Go Shun (# 1) his style turned into a very individual one. Because of the commissions he received from the Imperial court he was awarded the rank of hôgen, an official painter's rank. After thirty years in Kyoto he returned to Sendai, where he served the lord of the Sendai fief as an official painter.

llustrated:
Arts of Asia (1999), vol. 29, nr. 4, p. 82
Verzameld en gekoesterd, SJA Leiden 2000, # 40
A Brush with Animals, # 3

Exhibited:
Hoorn, Fall 2000; Rotterdam, Winter 2008

Reference:
Sendai City Museum 2005
Roberts p. 185
Araki p. 953
Kyoto '98 p. 266
Hillier pp. 147-149

Availability: On Request