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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jakuchu Ito


Old Pine Tree and White Phoenix
c.1765-66
Japanese hanging scroll painting on silk fabric
142.3×79cm
Collection of Imperial Household Agency

Japanese painter of the mid-Edo-Shogun period (1600-1868) when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world.
Most of Jakuchu's works were in the form of hanging scrolls.
A very common theme among his work is birds, in particular chickens and roosters, though several of his more famous paintings depict cockatoos, parrots, and phoenixes.