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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jakuchu Ito


' Rooster, Hen and Hydrangeas '
Edo Shogun period (Japan)
18th century
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Jakuchu’s painting style elevated the humble barnyard chicken to the glory.
This scroll is a masterpiece of Jakuchu’s particular specialty.
Here the artist has taken his powerful observation of nature and combined it with a fervent imagination to create a phantasmagorical world.
The minutely intricate techniques used in this painting give this otherwise otherworldly
image a strangely vital sense of life.
Jakuchu created this painting in his early 40s, when he had left his family business and
dedicated himself to full-time painting.
This work has been handed down at Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto.
Etsuko and Joe Price's collection of Japanese paintings of the Edo period.