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    Sale 2028

    Japanese & Korean Art

    18 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 238

    Watanabe Shusen (1736-1824)

    Tiger

    Price Realised  

    Watanabe Shusen (1736-1824)
    Tiger
    Signed Shusen Gen'yu sha, sealed To Shusen in, Aza iwaku Gen'yu and another seal
    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
    45¼ x 20¾in. (115 x 52.7cm.)


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    Shusen was a Nagasaki painter working in the Chinese style. He was a pupil of the Nagasaki painters Ishizaki Gensho and Gentoku. After the death of Watanabe Shusai, who had adopted him, he inherited the title of Chinese painting expert (kara-e mekiki). He was known for his paintings of tigers.

    For another tiger painting by Shusen, see Chiba City Museum of Art, ed., Nanpinha dairyuko: Edo no ikoku shumi/The Nanpin School: The Fascination with the Exotic in Edo-period painting (Chiba: Chiba City Museum of Art, 2001), pl. 24.