Shotei detail

Watanabe Seitei (Shotei, 1851-1918)

Skylark and Barley
(Mugi to Hibari)

hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, signed Seitei with artist's seal Seitei; accompanied by tomobako signed Seitei ga and titled Mugi to hibari

painting: 40 1/2 by 13 3/4 in., 103 by 35 cm
overall: 75 5/8 by 18 7/8 in; 192 by 48 cm

Seitei produced designs for ceramics and cloisonné, most notably in collaboration with the cloisonné artist Namikawa Sosuke (1847-1910), which brought him even more recognition abroad. He was also a prolific painter and illustrator, publishing three notable albums: Seitei kacho gafu ('Picture album of Seitei's bird and flower'), 1890-91; Kacho gafu ('Bird and flower album'), 1903; and the last series published in 1916 (not to be confused with the 1890-91 album of the same name) Seitei kacho gafu.

Throughout his career he received awards for his work, both in Japan and at international expositions. He was a major influence on the next generation of Nihonga artists, including Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908) and Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1973).

Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, 1992, pp. 166-167 Ellen P. Conant, Steven D. Owyoung, J. Thomas Rimer, Nihonga: Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting, 1868-1968, The Saint Louis Art Museum, 1995, p. 329


Araki Kanpo signature
Araki Kanpo signature
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Araki Kanpo signature
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November 18, 2019

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