This is not a print, but a rare actual and masterful Edo era freehand painting in ink of a Chinese scholar. The work has lovely lines and shows amazing sensitivity and expressiveness in the style of the Tokyo School of Katsushika Hokusai.
The rare first-hand view of a Chinese scholar seen through contemporary Japanese eyes gives this piece added historical interest. Prior to the invasion of China by Japan, the two countries shared a close relationship and most educated or high ranking Chinese spent time studying or touring in Japan, much like European Grand Tours were considered de rigueur for European people of rank and finesse.
The simple sophistication, inherent beauty and understated palette of this work would enhance almost any decor. The piece is executed on hand made rice paper, which adds an additional rich, subtle textural interest.
For gallery to make your own side-by-side comparisons to Katsushika Hokusai's work, currently hanging in museums, please visit Lamont Antique's Facebook page. (A direct link is available at the bottom right-hand of our shop page, under "Our Favorite Links") Katsushika Hokusai's prints are highly collectible, especially his important and iconic series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji", however prints are made in multiples, whereas hand-drawn works are inherently uniquely personal and rare thereby raising desirability.
Condition: Professional archival framing under glass in a simple slim black frame. There are a few small puncture holes on the side of the work. It may have been part of a bound portfolio at some point. Visible portion of the work measures 7 1/2" by 10 1/2". Frame is 13" by 17".
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