Tachika Chikuson 田近竹邨 Chikuson Jihitsu Gachō 竹邨自筆画帳. N.p. Early 20th century. No colophon. Signed, with artist’s seal. Orihon folding album with fabric boards and gilt edges 24 x 18cm is housed in a modern brown chitsu with clasps 24.5 x 18.5cm. 12 monochrome and color paintings approx. 21.5 x 15.5cm depicting Chinese landscapes are painted on silk and laid down on metallic speckled boards. First and last paintings in the album include Japanese text. This early 20th century work explores the 12 months of the year through Chinese landscapes that depict the passing of the seasons.
Chikuson (1863-1922) established painting academies in Japan and went on to teach within these schools. His work was exhibited multiple times at the Bunten exhibition (officially known as the Monbushō Bijutsu Tenrankai 文部省美術展覧会) sponsored by the Ministry of Education and he accumulated 5 awards from the exhibition over the years.
Chikuson was a student of Tanomura Chokunyū 田能村直入 (1814-1907) who himself was a student of Chikuden. Chokunyū was a master of the Nanga 南画 school of painting, also known as Bunjinga 文人画, which focused primarily on Chinese landscapes. Boards show wear; very slight worming of some pages. Fine condition.