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Title

(Two hunters in snowy mountain)


Artist

KAGAWA Hôen

Japan


About

There is little information on KAGAWA Hôen except that he was recruited in 1884 as a member of the group of prominent artists in the service of the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting (est.1880). The group was responsible for electing teachers from its members. The teachers included SUZUKI Shônen and other prominent Kyoto painters at the time.

Due to the tradition of the Shijô-Maruyama school of naturalism, the Kyoto school painters had less difficulty than their Tokyo counterpart in incorporating the newly introduced Western-style painting into their own work. This painting is a good example of this new attitude: the attempt to incorporate perspective in terms of measurable distance is one of the characteristics of this trend and is evident here. But a more striking feature of this painting is the depiction of the tense relationship between the two hunters and the hovering crows in the chilly snowy mountain pass - as if the artist had reinterpreted a sedate traditional landscape and presented it more as a sensory experience.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 15 August 2001.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

late 19th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink and colour on silk


Dimensions

119.6 x 49.2 cm image


Signature & date

Signed u.l.corner, "[Japanese characters]" ink, "[two artist's seals]" red ink. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Noreen Carpenter 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

401.2001


Artist information

KAGAWA Hôen

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan