18. Item #83271
[ALBUM, PAINTING] NAKAJIMA Yûshô 中島有章. SHÔKEI GAFU 勝景画譜 Orihon folding painting album in gafu style, full of lovely views of Japan. 28.2 x 16.8 CM. Preliminary and final decorated pages, plus a 2 page table of contents and 42 double page color paintings ( each 28.2 X 33.4 CM) (~11"" X 13""). In a late Shijô Kyoto-school style by Nakajima Yûshô (1837-1905), the son of Nakajima Raishô 中島来章 (1796-1871) and a talented artist in his own right, who has been collected by the British Museum, among other places..
The 42 paintings illustrate the beauties of Japan, mostly of western Japan with an emphasis on the beauty spots around the old capital at Kyoto. Yûshô has a wonderful way with his brush - pointillist dot leaf trees, the delicate colors..... you can see the quiet of the temple, hear the urgent plash of waters at the waterfall.... lake scenes, ocean scenes, mountains.... Mostly empty of human figures. A natural and largely silent world. An examination reveals views entitled: Fresh Breeze at Kurise, Evenglow at Seta, Geese landing at Katata..... some being scenes from canonical series. (The geese landing at Katata is traditionally one of the EIGHT VIEWS OF OMI)...
Wonderful evocations of the past in traditional style, with the lovely brush control of the Maruyama/Shijou School. Yûshô gives a world that must have been vanishing right before his eyes..... But a world he could still see the essentials of..... and give to us.
In brocade covers with a brushed title label and enclosed in a clasped chitsu case. Lovely throughout, delicate colors, skilled brushwork. Overall, a very nice presentation of the work of a skilled Shijo artist.