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(Two hunters in snowy mountain)

late 19th century


Kagawa Hōen


Alternate image of (Two hunters in snowy mountain) by Kagawa Hōen
Alternate image of (Two hunters in snowy mountain) by Kagawa Hōen
Alternate image of (Two hunters in snowy mountain) by Kagawa Hōen
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    late 19th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on silk
    119.6 x 49.2 cm image
    Signature & date

    Signed u.l.corner, "[Japanese characters]" ink, "[two artist's seals]" red ink. Not dated.

    Gift of Noreen Carpenter 2001
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kagawa Hōen

    Works in the collection


  • About

    There is little information on KAGAWA Hôen except that he was recruited in 1884 as a member of the group of prominent artists in the service of the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting (est.1880). The group was responsible for electing teachers from its members. The teachers included SUZUKI Shônen and other prominent Kyoto painters at the time.

    Due to the tradition of the Shijô-Maruyama school of naturalism, the Kyoto school painters had less difficulty than their Tokyo counterpart in incorporating the newly introduced Western-style painting into their own work. This painting is a good example of this new attitude: the attempt to incorporate perspective in terms of measurable distance is one of the characteristics of this trend and is evident here. But a more striking feature of this painting is the depiction of the tense relationship between the two hunters and the hovering crows in the chilly snowy mountain pass - as if the artist had reinterpreted a sedate traditional landscape and presented it more as a sensory experience.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 15 August 2001.

  • Places

    Where the work was made