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An image of Hawk by Soga NICHOKUAN

Soga NICHOKUAN

(Japan  – )

Title
Hawk
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
17th century
Media category
Painting
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions

115.0 x 54.0 cm image; 211.5 x 67.7 x 73.0 cm scroll

Signature & date
Signed l.centre., in Japanese, inscribed in ink "Soga Chokuan [artist's seal]". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1998
Accession number
6.1998
Location
Not on display
Further information

Nichokuan was the second (ni) generation Chokuan. His father Soga Chokuan worked in the late sixteenth to early seventeenth century (Momoyama period). Little is known about the lives of either the father or son, but their paintings were much praised.

Nichokuan was famous for his 'birds and flowers' paintings, especially of hawks. Despite the rather poor condition, the painting has retained its crisp and lively quality, and is a fine example of the subject. The paintings of the Momoyama period express strength and glory: the fighting spirit of the warriors. This mainstream masculine culture continued into much of the seventeenth century until the established Shogunate system dissipated the threat of war.

Bibliography (1)

Editor Unknown (Editor), Paintings of the Edo period, Meadow Brook, 1972. cat.no. 5

Exhibition history (1)

Paintings of the Edo Period, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1972–1972