Araki Kanpo

Araki Kanpo signature
Araki Kanpo signature
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Araki Kanpo signature
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Araki Kanpo detail

Araki Kanpo (1831-1915)

Pair of Cranes with Red Plum
(Kobai Sokaku zu)

hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, signed Hachijugo okina (at the age of eighty-five) Kanpo, with two artist's seals Kanpo and Tatsuan; accompanied by tomobako titled Kobai Sokaku zu, and signed and dated Taisho yon kinoto u shin getsu (Taisho 4 [1915], cyclical year of younger brother wood, zodiac year of the rabbit, new moon) hachi ju go okina (at the age of eighty-five) Kanpo ki with artist's seal Kanpo

painting: 49 by 16 1/8 in., 124.4 by 41 cm
overall: 83 7/8 by 25 1/4 in; 213 by 64 cm

In the early Meiji Period following the Buncho ideal of hasshu kengaku ('learning eight schools'), Kanpo expanded his talents to incorporate Western painting techniques and began studying oil painting with Kawakami Togai (1827-1881) and Kunisawa Shinkuro (1847-1877). He achieved notable recognition as an oil painter and apparently was awarded the honor of painting a portrait of the Empress Dowager. Later Kanpo returned to Nihonga and continued to receive numerous honors for his work. He received a silver medal (2nd place) at the Tokyo Prefecture Crafts Competition in 1887; 2nd place with a painting of peacocks at the 3rd Domestic Industrial Exposition in 1890; and many other prizes at the Japan Art Association over the years. His paintings were also included in many international exhibitions; he won awards at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893; the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900; and the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. In 1898 when Hashimoto Gaho left the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko) Kanpo became the professor of painting. In 1900 he was made Imperial Household Artist (Teishitsu gigeiin) and from 1907 he was a judge at the government sponsored exhibition Bunten.

Ellen P. Conant, Steven D. Owyoung, J. Thomas Rimer, Nihonga: Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting, 1868-1968, The Saint Louis Art Museum, p. 138, pl. 25, p.290



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