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Imao Keinen (1845-1924) & Kiyomizu Rokubei IV (1847-1920)
Shijô/Kyôyaki
Mizusashi, water container: Yanagi - The shadow of the willow at the my mansion
Signed: Keinen
Seals: kiyo
Technique: grey gohonde, with a black tetsu-e, iron oxide, underglaze decoaration Ø 20 x 11,5
Date: autumn of 1911
Box: signed by both potter and painter
Condition: fine

The inscription reads: 殿柳餘影, Denryû yoei, - The shadow of the willow at the my mansion

Imao Keinen studied under Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-1891). During the uprisings marking the end of the Tokugawa regime the Imao house was destroyed. Released from his family's business he was able to devote all his time to art and he established his own studio in 1868 where he trained many students. In 1888 he started to teach at the Kyôto Art Academy. He was known as a dedicated teacher and a very good painter.

Reference:
Roberts p. 53
Aburai p. 47-48
Araki p. 2049
Morioka & Berry ‘99 pp. 122-125 (# 22)
Morioka & Berry ‘08 p. (# 11)

Rokubei IV was the first son of Rokubei III. He was the painter of the family; he studied painting with Shiokawa Bunrin (# 16), but after his father’s death in 1883 he inherited the family headship and continued the business. He was a close friend of Tomioka Tessai (# 29, 32, 33) and Kôno Bairei (1844-1895). He retired in 1913 due to poor health, transferring the family headship to his second son who became Rokubei V (# 59). His works are considered the best of the succeeding Rokubei generations.


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