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Title

Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu)

circa 1660


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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 'rakuchû' (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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7.1980.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 14 publications

Bibliography


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

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

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

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 (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.

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, Sydney, 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.).