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Title

Cranes


Artist

Maruyama ÔKYO

Japan

1733 - 1795


About

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.


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Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Artist information

Maruyama ÔKYO

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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

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.

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