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Nakanishi Kôseki (1807-1884)
Nanga
Boating in the shadow of a tree
Signed: Kôseki
Seals: Nishi Hisashi, Kôseki
Technique: sumi and some brown on paper 133,4 x 30,1
Mounting: beige raw silk
black wooden rollers, 193 x 43
Condition: some faint foxing, otherwise good

Kôseki was born in Ashiya, the son of a potter. In Osaka he studied calligraphy with Shinozaki Shôchiku (1781-1851), and in Kyoto painting with Oda Kaisen (1785-1862). Later he founded his own school.
He became very popular in Kansai and as one of the Taichôkô (the first characters of their names) he was considered as famous as Hine Taizan (1813-1869) and Maeda Chôdô (1817-1878).
Like Chôdô, Kôseki is representative as a painter in the transition to the Meiji Nanga style, not particulary innovative, but with a personal quite blunt execution of the conservative Nanga tradition.

Reference:
Hempel p. 167
Roberts p. 91
Araki p. 1555

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