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12. Kawanabe Kyôsai (1831-1889)
Signed: Shôshô Kyôsai
Seals: Beijû-ô in
Technique: sumi on paper 130,3 x 58,3
Mounting: orange satin damask
bone rollers, 187 x 71
Box: Authorised by Kawanabe Kyôun (1860-1908)
Condition: old restoration at the top, otherwise very good

Ônamuchi-no-mikoto is a Shintô god who is worshipped in Izumo jinja (in de province Izumo).

Kyôsai was born in Shimôsa Province, son of a samurai. In his youth he studied ukiyo-e with Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), but changed to Kanô school painting when he was 19 years old. At the age of 27 he started an independent career with a mixture of Kanô and ukiyo-e. Kyôsai was a virtuoso who loved sake and its influence while working. He mocked the Western influence on Japanese art, but became friendly with many Europeans, and exhibited in Vienna at the International Exposition in 1873 and in Paris in 1883.

A large number of publications of the Kyôsai museum
Clark 1993
Roberts p. 100

Kawanabe Kyôun was Kyôsai’s second son.

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