Mochizuki Gyokusen (1834-1913) Meiji Period
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Mochizuki Gyokusen (1834-1913) Meiji Period
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Mochizuki Gyokusen (1834-1913)
Meiji Period
A two-fold screen, painted on both sides, the front decorated in ink, slight colour and gold on wood, with three caught carp swimming beneath the surface, the string of the net rendered in gold moriage, signed Gyokusen with two seals; the reverse painted in ink, colour and gold on silk with a kingfisher perched on a willow branch, overhanging a river, whilst a dragonfly hovers above, shown on the right panel, signed Gyokusen with two seals. 171.5cm x 191.4cm (67½in x 75 3/8in).


  • 鯉、翡翠図屏風(両面) 望月玉泉作 二曲一隻 木地着色、絹本着色 明治時代

    A screen painted on both the front and reverse is unusual, and such works were often created for specific purposes. Of particular note is the difference in material used by the artist for the two sides.

    Mochizuki Gyokusen was born in Kyoto and studied under his father, Mochizuki Shigeteru. He was considered a major artist in the landscape and bird-and-flower (kacho-ga) tradition and worked for the Imperial Palace when he was barely twenty. In 1904 he was appointed a Teishitsu Gige-in (Artist to the Imperial Household) and became a member of the Art Committee of the Imperial Household. In 1880, he helped found the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting. Many of his works won prizes and were exhibited in the Naikoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai, Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai and the International Exposition in Paris. Another screen, depicting a wild boar, is in the National Museum in Tokyo. His most famous pupil was Kawai Gyokudo (1873-1957).
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