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Title

Cranes

circa 1770-circa 1772

Artist

Maruyama Ôkyo

Japan

1733 - 1795

Alternate image of Cranes by Maruyama Ôkyo
Alternate image of Cranes by Maruyama Ôkyo
Alternate image of Cranes by Maruyama Ôkyo
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    circa 1770-circa 1772
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    pair of six-panel screens (byobu); colour and gold leaf on paper
    Dimensions

    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

    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Maruyama Okyo [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen]
    Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Mayuyama Okyo [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]

    Credit
    Purchased with assistance from the Japanese Society of Sydney, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and The Sidney Myer Charity Trust 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    109.1981.a-b
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Maruyama Ôkyo

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    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications