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Painting, hanging scroll. Carp and waterweeds. Ink and colour on paper; urushi-e (lacquer painting); with ivory jikusaki. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 133 centimetres (mount)
Height: 35.40 centimetres
Width: 63.50 centimetres (mount)
Width: 46.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
The face of the carp that puts its head in such leisurely fashion out of the water suggests a gloriously self-centered freedom from responsibility that many a human being weighed down by the cares of everyday existence might well envy. The composition divides the horizontally rectangular space diagonally, with the carp emerging from the water on the upper left and a row of waterweeds on the lower right. With its ample blank space, the painting exudes an air of tranquil amiability.
Zeshin's 'maki-e' and paintings (in particular his lacquer pictures), with their superior craftsmanship, their sureness in portraying their themes, and the light sense of humor evident in every work, have won an enthusiastic following not only among Japanese but - particularly, perhaps - among people in the West.
- Not on display
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Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.77 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)