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An image of Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu) by
Alternate image of Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu) by Alternate image of Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu) by Alternate image of Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu) by

Japan

Title
Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
circa 1660
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pair of six-fold screens; colour and gold on paper
Dimensions

a - right screen - River running across lower half of ; 125 x 369.8 cm; image

a - right screen - River running across lower half of ; 137 x 381.8 cm; screen

b - left screen - River running across upper half of s; 125 x 369.8 cm; image

b - left screen - River running across upper half of s; 137 x 381.8 cm; screen

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Mr Kenneth Myer 1980
Accession number
7.1980.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

Following a long period of strife and civil wars in the fifteenth century, the ancient political and cultural capital of Kyoto was restored to its earlier splendour in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This reconstruction is documented and lauded in screens such as these which, in their panoramic view, record with accuracy and detail the features of the city. Looking eastwards across the Kamo River towards the Higashimaya hills, the area beyond the river at the top of the screens is rakugai (without the city), while the area below is 'rakuchĂ»' (within the city). The lower section of each screen illustrates the busy mercantile life of Kyoto, with the townspeople going about their business in stores and workshops. On the far left of the left screen is the Imperial Palace.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 271.

Bibliography (14)

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 111 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, The Connoisseur, 'Far Eastern Art in the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 22-29, London, May 1980, 29 (colour illus.).

Sue Ebury, The many lives of Kenneth Myer, Melbourne, 2008, (colour illus.). sixth image between pages 464 and 465

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 271 (colour illus.). Two images are depicted on pg. 271. Image depicts part 1 and a detail of part 1 of the screen.

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 216 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 214-215 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 215 is a detail of this work.

Jackie Menzies., Art Gallery of New South Wales collection series 2, 'Japanese, Edo period: Views in and around Kyoto', Sydney, 1982, colour illus., illus.. fig.no. 1, fig.no. 2 detail, fig.no 3 detail.

Jackie Menzies, The Australian Antique Collector, 'Recent Japanese Acquisitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 90-95, Chippendale, Jan 1981-Jun 1981, 90-1 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Japanese Painting', pg. 53-69, Sydney, 1990, 53 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 95 (colour illus), 95 (illus.). cat.no. 18. The colour image is a detailed image of this work.

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Adventures in Asia. An education kit for the Asian gallery, Sydney, 2003, 10 (colour illus.), verso (illus.). card no.10; the colour illus. on card 10 is a detail of this work.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Newtown, Mar 2009, 41 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 41 is part b

Margaret White, Passage, 'The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia', pg. 12, Singapore, Sep 2009, 12 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Nihon Byobu-e Shusei, Tokyo, 1978, 90-91 (illus.).

Exhibition history (4)

Genre scenes at celebrated places of Kyoto, Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto, 21 Jul 1970–16 Aug 1970

Beauty and Desire in Edo period Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998

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

Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2008–15 Feb 2009