Animals in Japanese Art

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Open: By Appointment

9 East 63rd Street, NY 10065, New York Upper East Side, USA
Open: By Appointment


Animals in Japanese Art

New York

Animals in Japanese Art
to Fri 8 Nov 2019
By Appointment

Thomsen Gallery presents its special thematic fall exhibition “Animals in Japanese Art”.

Thomsen Gallery Sept 2019 exhib

Coinciding with the blockbuster exhibition “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art” (opening in San Francisco on September 22 after its successful run at the National Gallery of Art), the innovative display features work in an unusual variety of media, from painted silk scrolls and screens through miniature lacquers, cast and chiseled bronze alloys and silver, to a large-scale composition that captures the spirit of the dragon—East Asia’s supreme imaginary beast— through a forceful calligraphic rendering of the character used to write its name.

The paintings selected for the show include works from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, reflecting the traditional Japanese love of nature in styles that range from the economical and impressionistic to the painstakingly naturalistic: a tiny deer atop a tall peak (circa 1900), rendered in a few strokes of the brush, contrasting with the famous painter Araki Kanpo’s meticulous pair of peacocks (1907) depicted in ink and colors against a brilliant gold ground. Endearing puppies, a rabbit prancing through the waves, a preening cat, galloping horses, auspicious cranes, stylized roosters, ptarmigans, herons, and a host of other birds all await your pleasure at the new gallery on East 63rd Street.

Takashi Sasaki (act. 1930-46), Heron and Persian Silk Tree in Rain (detail), Pair of two-panel screens; ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk, Showa era (1926-89), 1936, Size each 73 1/2 x 70 in. (186.5 x 178 cm)

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