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Taigadô Gafu



Ike-no TAIGA


1723 - 1776


Taiga came from a commoner's family and lost his father when he was four. From an early age he showed talent in Chinese studies at Manpukuji temple, built in 1669 as the main temple of the Chinese Obaku sect of Zen Buddhism and a mecca for Chinese studies throughout the Edo period. Japanese artists developed the Chinese literati style largely by studying painting and woodblock-printed books such as the famous 'Mustard seed garden manual of painting', originally published in China (1679/1707) and brought to Japan in the following decades. Following this example, Taiga published his own manual, from which these prints are taken, and inspired a following of many artists.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.238.


Alternative title

Album of paintings by Taigadô

Place where the work was made




Media categories

Print , Book

Materials used

folded book: 32 leaves, 24 prints, colour woodcut


29.8 x 19.1 cm leaf; 29.8 x 19.2 x 1.8 cm closed book; 29.8 x 38.3 cm open book :

a - Untitled (a tree without leaves), 24 x 8 cm, image; verso leaf e

b - Untitled (a tree with small leaves), 18 x 15.5 cm, image; leaf f

c - Untitled (a tree), 27 x 20 cm, image; verso leaf f and leaf g

d - Untitled (trees), 26.5 x 37 cm, image; verso leaf g and leaf h

e - Untitled (trees), 26 x 37 cm, image; verso leaf h and leaf i

f - Untitled (trees), 21 x 36 cm, image; verso leaf i and leaf j

g - Untitled (a pine tree), 26 x 37.9 cm, image; verso leaf j and leaf k

h - Untitled (rocks), 23 x 31 cm, image; verso leaf k and leaf l

i - Untitled (rocks), 13 x 34 cm, image; verso leaf l and leaf m

j - Untitled (mountains), 25 x 36.2 cm, image; verso leaf m and leaf n

k - Untitled (mountains), 26.5 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf n and leaf o

l - Untitled (mountains), 27.5 x 34.8 cm, image; verso leaf o and leaf p

m - Untitled (mountains), 26.5 x 37.5 cm, image; verso leaf p and leaf q

n - Untitled (mountains), 26.5 x 35 cm, image; verso leaf q and leaf r

o - Untitled (mountains and three trees), 27.2 x 38 cm, image; verso leaf r and leaf s

p - Untitled (figures), 21 x 37.5 cm, image; verso leaf s and leaf t

q - Untitled (figures), 17 x 30.5 cm, image; verso leaf t and leaf u

r - Untitled (figures), 19 x 31.7 cm, image; verso leaf u and leaf v

s - Untitled (figures playing instruments in a garden), 27 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf v and leaf w

t - Untitled (figures fishing on boats), 20.5 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf w and leaf x

u - Untitled (boats on the river), 28 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf x and leaf y

v - Untitled (houses by water), 26.6 x 35.5 cm, image; verso leaf y and leaf z

w - Untitled (view of city from mountain), 25 x 36 cm, image; verso leaf z and leaf aa

x - Untitled (a cave halfway up the mountain), 27.5 x 36.5 cm, image; verso leaf aa and leaf bb

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1983


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Ike-no TAIGA

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

  • Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995

Referenced in 3 publications


Christie's New York, Christie's New York: Japanese and Korean Art, New York, 19 Sep 2000, 93 (illus.). cat. no. 146

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 23.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 238 (colour illus.). The two images shown are: above - verso leaf m and leaf n; below - verso leaf q and leaf r