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Hijiya Bunkei (1899-1951)
松林幽器居 - Shōrin kasoke-ki kyo - Drinking tea in the shade of pines
Signed: Bunkei Gaishi sha oite .. ..
Seals: Azana shimei, Bunkei Gaishi, Ittan .. .. .. (bt)
Technique: sumi and some colour on paper 149,7 x 40,3
Date: Summer of 1931
Mounting: green damask
ivory rollers, 210 x 53
Box: signed
Condition: very good

Bunkei was born in Shikoku Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture. He was an independent modern literati painter who lived and worked in Osaka. For more than ten years he remained a student with Himejima Chikugai (1840-1928). After his travels to China and Korea he found his style in the works of early Qing individualists. President Iida of Takashimaya was a great fan and a collector of his work and provided Bunkei with annual exhibitions at Takashimaya. He was also known as a good haiku poet.
After his death Bunkei was still only known to a small group of passionate collectors and supporters.

Aburai p. 321