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An image of Cranes by Maruyama ÔKYO
Alternate image of Cranes by Maruyama ÔKYO Alternate image of Cranes by Maruyama ÔKYO Alternate image of Cranes by Maruyama ÔKYO

Maruyama ÔKYO

(Japan 1733 – 1795)

Title
Cranes
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
circa 1770-circa 1772
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pair of six-fold screens; colour and gold leaf on paper
Dimensions

a - right screen - Eight cranes standing; 153 x 357 cm; image

a - right screen - Eight cranes standing; 169.5 x 373 cm; screen

b - left screen - Three cranes flying; 153 x 357 cm; image

b - left screen - Three cranes flying; 169.5 x 373 cm; screen

Signature & date
Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Maruyama Okyo [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen] Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Mayuyama Okyo [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]
Credit
Purchased with assistance from the Japanese Society of Sydney, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and The Sidney Myer Charity Trust 1981
Accession number
109.1981.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

This stunning example of Japanese screen design shows Okyo's expressive power as well as his meticulous observation of cranes and their behaviour. The artist is attuned to the subtle relationship among the adult and juvenile birds that congregate in the top [right] screen. In contrast, in the bottom [left] screen he captures the dynamic movements of three cranes that are about to land to join the others. The artist's power of observation can be seen in details such as the half-closed eye of the resting adult crane on the far right, and the crane stretching his neck skyward.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.234.

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 234-235 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 235 is a detail of this work.

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 99 (colour illus.). cat.no. 29

Editor Unknown (Editor), Dômo - Australia living handbook, Paddington, 2000, 230 (illus.). Article by Chiaki Ajioka in Japanese about the AGNSW

Exhibition history (1)

The art of Japanese screen painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 2004–06 Feb 2005