(Japan 1733 – 1795)
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
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.
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
The art of Japanese screen painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 2004–06 Feb 2005