Circle of Maruyama Okyo (1733-95) Winter Landscape with Pine Trees

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Lot 3091
Circle of Maruyama Okyo (1733-95)
Winter Landscape with Pine Trees

Sold for US$ 22,500 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

19 Mar 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

Circle of Maruyama Okyo (1733-95)
Winter Landscape with Pine Trees
A set of four fusuma-e re-mounted as a pair of two-panel screens of snow and pines; dated Temmei mizunoto-u shoshun (1783, early spring), signed Okyo, with two seals Okyo no in and Chusen
65 7/8 x 36 3/8in (167.2 x 90.2cm) [each panel]

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    ex collection Baron Masuda Takashi
    Purchased Mathias Komor, 1979

    Exhibited:
    Tokyo National Museum

    Okyo was born to a farming family in 1733 and was apprenticed to a toy and novelty merchant. It was there that he first received instruction in the fundamentals of painting. In the years following he rapidly gained a reputation as a painter of talent developing a personal style combining orthodox painting techniques with elements of life drawing.

    Okyo produced several paintings of pine trees in winter, the most famous of which, a pair of six-panel screens, is a National Treasure in the Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo.

    These screens, originally a set of sliding doors were once owned by Baron Masuda Takashi (1848-1938), director of the Mitsui Trading Company from its founding in 1876, and of its parent, the Mitsui Company, from 1901 to 1912. Masuda's Japanese art collection was legendary during his lifetime, but was sold by his son after Masuda's death in 1938.
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