MARUYAMA OKYO: A FINE PAINTING OF THE SEVEN LUCKY GODS (SHICHIFUKUJIN) MARUYAMA …
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MARUYAMA OKYO: A FINE PAINTING OF THE SEVEN LUCKY GODS (SHICHIFUKUJIN)

MARUYAMA OKYO: A FINE PAINTING OF THE SEVEN LUCKY GODS (SHICHIFUKUJIN) By Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), signed Okyo with two seals Okyo no in and Chusen Japan, dated 1790, Edo period (1615-1868) Ink, watercolors, gold paint, and gouache on silk. Mounted on a silk brocade frame and set inside a vintage frame, behind glass. A charming painting of the seven Lucky Gods engaged in different activities and games with small boys who are running around and playing with the various attributes of the deities. Inscriptions: Inscribed and signed to the bottom-right corner, ‘Kansei Kanoeinu Chushun sha, Okyo’ [Painted by Okyo in the middle of spring, Kansei Kanoeinu (corresponding to the year 1790)] 寛政庚戌仲春写, 應舉, with two seals "Okyo no in 應舉之印" [The seal of Okyo] and Chusen 仲選". Chusen was one of the art names (go) used by Okyo. Image SIZE 123 x 55 cm, SIZE incl. frame 155.5 x 74.5 cm Condition: Good condition with wear. Some creasing, folds, and soiling. Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), from present-day Kameoka, Kyoto, was a student at the Kano School of painting. He gained much renown after his first commission, the Seven Misfortunes and Seven Fortunes. As his public image grew, Okyo founded his own school in Kyoto, the Maruyama School of painting, dedicated to his style of blending Western naturalism with Eastern decorative designs. He taught his students to rely on nature to render images in a realistic picture of light, shadow, and forms. The school grew popular, and branches soon appeared in other locations, including Osaka. Much of the school's work is today preserved at Daijo-ji, a temple in Kasumi. Noteworthy pupils include Okyo's son, Maruyama Ozui, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Matsumura Goshun.

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MARUYAMA OKYO: A FINE PAINTING OF THE SEVEN LUCKY GODS (SHICHIFUKUJIN)

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