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Haruki Nammei (1795-1878)
Dead tree and bamboo
Signed: Nammei
Seals: Kiryû
Technique: sumi and light colours on paper 15 x 45
Condition: used, very good

Nammei was the son and pupil of Haruki Nanko (1759-1839). He studied with his father and Tani Bunchô (1763-1840).

Already at a young age Nammei’s work can be found on the many gassaku, collaborative works that were produced in Edo in the 1810s and 1820s together with the artists from his father’s generation. Being acquainted with these artists also made him an important artist in the Edo art circles. His paintings ultimately surpassed his father’s both technically as decoratively.

Nammei was an eclectic painter and in due course he became more appreciated in Japan than his assertive father. He did well and managed to find himself a number of patrons in the bakufu.

Roberts p. 118
Araki p. 1348
Berry & Morioka ’08 p. 260 ff.