"The Japanese Aesthetic: Expressing Classical Traditions" Exhibition

Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art

poster for "The Japanese Aesthetic: Expressing Classical Traditions" Exhibition

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ERIK THOMSEN ASIAN ART is showing ten rare scroll paintings including the Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800) Chicken by a New Year’s Cask; the circa 1820 Uchida Hirotsune’s (ac. 1800-30) Deer and Autumn Maples, a classic theme incorporating the Rimpa-school element of the dripping pigment technique; The Moon in the Rain, by Nomuro Bunkyo (1854-1911), revealing a dreamy nocturnal scene, and Arai Kou’s 1920 The Jouri Chanter at a Puppet Theater, an oversized scroll of a beautiful woman at a bunraku theater.

Important examples of lacquer conveying “The Japanese Aesthetic” include an unsigned Taisho period Suzuribako in the shape of a half moon and a second, a Suzuribako with Cranes, that includes a removable tray and original suzuri ink stone. It includes striking mother of pearl inlays and a rim ornately decorated in the oki-birame technique with inlaid gold foil.

Two outstanding examples of Japanese tea ceramics are seen in the 15th century Muromachi period Shigaraki Jar, standing 20 inches in height, which exhibits exciting surface details and color, and a Bizen stoneware rakkyo or “shallot” flask dating to the early 17th century. It sports unusual mineral inclusions and starbursts and an elegantly formed neck and mouth in the signature glossy reddish brown Bizen coloring. Bizen was favored by sake lovers as its surface and clay features kept the sake from seeping through the clay.

[Image: Minakami Taisei "Melting of the Snow" circa 1920, pair of 6-panel folding screens]



from September 15, 2009 to October 31, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-09-15 from 18:00 to 20:00

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