`Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)

`Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu.

This artwork perfectly captures that one fleeting moment when the kingfisher is flying in a straight line through the air, plunging towards the river to catch a fish. Even though the kingfisher doesn`t move in the picture, the work allows the viewer to feel the incredible speed and tension of a bird about to catch his prey.
 
By not painting any background scenery, the artist has made the kingfisher`s stunning feathers even more prominent and beautiful.

When displayed with a bonsai, one can imagine a scene in which a kingfisher flies towards a river sparkling in the summer sun.
 

Artist: Shoda, Kakuyu (1879-1948)

Kakuyu was a Nara Prefecture-born nihonga [Japanese style] painter. He graduated from the first public specialized art school in Japan, Kyoto City University of the Arts. After that, he became a pupil of Yamamoto Shunkyo, a master painter of the modern Kyoto art-circle.

In Showa 36 [1903], Kakuyu was awarded an honourable mention for his work `Sho-to` [Early Winter] at the Fifth Domestic Industry-Encouragement Exhibition.

In Showa 40 [1907], he entered the work `Umi-be` [Seaside] into the First Bunten Exhibition, and continued to enter works in Bunten exhibitions thereafter.

In Showa 43 [1910], he became an assistant professor at the Kyoto Private Technical Painting School. As a professor, he dedicated his time to training the next generation of artists. He was particularly skilled at painting landscapes and scenery based on real places.

He died in Kyoto on April 25th, Showa 23 [1948] at the age of 68.

One can enjoy the mounter`s stylish touch more when one understands, looking at the whole picture including the mounting, that the state of the kingfisher, who has found a fish and is plunging in a straight line towards the water, is being expressed in both the artwork and the pattern of the mounting.
One can enjoy the mounter`s stylish touch more when one understands, looking at the whole picture including the mounting, that the state of the kingfisher, who has found a fish and is plunging in a straight line towards the water, is being expressed in both the artwork and the pattern of the mounting.
The mounting consists of a pale grass-green background with a ripple-patterned strip at the head of the artwork.
The mounting consists of a pale grass-green background with a ripple-patterned strip at the head of the artwork.
End of scroll made of ivory
End of scroll made of ivory
Siguniture: Kakuyu   Seal : Kakuyu
Siguniture: Kakuyu Seal : Kakuyu
Tittled by Artist . かわせみ measn Kingfisher.
Tittled by Artist . かわせみ measn Kingfisher.
This artwork comes in a paulownia-wood box, with the title on the lid painted by Shoda Kakuyu himself, and with his signature on the verso.
This artwork comes in a paulownia-wood box, with the title on the lid painted by Shoda Kakuyu himself, and with his signature on the verso.
Condition: There are a few spots to the face of the artwork due to age.
Condition: There are a few spots to the face of the artwork due to age.

Staff features

The kingfisher is a beautiful bird referred to as a `flying jewel` in Japanese because of the vivid colours of its feathers. The Heian Period novel `Genji Monogatari` includes the phrase `as beautiful as a kingfisher`s feathers`, thus showing that the kingfisher has been popular for its beauty from ancient times.

  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)
  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)
  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)
  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)
  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)
  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)
  • `Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)

`Kawasemi-zu` [Painting of a Kingfisher] by Shoda Kakuyu(庄田鶴友)

Name of the artist
Shoda, Kakuyu (1879-1948)
Title
Kingfisher
Size
121 × 27 cm
Other
color and ink painting on silk

Season in which to be displayed: Summer

Condition: There are a few spots to the face of the artwork due to age.

This artwork comes in a paulownia-wood box, with the title on the lid painted by Shoda Kakuyu himself, and with his signature on the verso.

Price
120,000yen
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