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Kishi Renzan (1804-1859)
Shijô (Kishi)
Man in the snow
Signed: Renzan Gan Toku
Seals: Gantoku noin, Azana Shidô
Technique: sumi and little colour on paper 130 x 43.5
Mounting: beige raw silk
dark wooden rollers, 191 x 53.3
Condition: very good

Renzan was a pupil of Gan Ku (1749-1838) for more than ten years. When he married Gan Ku’s daughter he was adopted into the Kishi family. Like his father-in-law he was in the service of Arisugawa-no-Miya.
Renzan absorbed many elements of the Shijô, so his work differs considerably from that of Gan Ku. After Gan Ku’s death, Renzan and Gan Tai (1782-1865) became the leaders of the Kishi School.

Ritto 1996 p. 49 ff.
Roberts p. 129
Araki p. 923
Kyoto '98 p. 277
Hillier' 74 p. 228