In the scene of a plum tree in magnificent bloom, the group of four red crowns crane are standing in complex overlapping composition. However, look closely at “The Colorful Realm of Living Beings: Cranes and Plum Blossoms”, will reveal six birds.
To commemorate the tercentennial anniversary of the grand master in mid-edo era “Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800)”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum organized the 300th anniversary of the birth of Jakuchu. Jakuchu rare art works from all career stages of the artist, included the 3 scroll paintings of the Sakyamuni Triad and 30 scroll paintings of The Colorful Realm of Living Beings (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)—works created as a personal offering to Shokokuji Temple—will be shown in Tokyo for the first time.
Nature and religion is his source of inspiration. The artist’s been famous for his landscape, flower and animal painting, especially the Rooster series which make his popularity has soared since then. Most of his works are bigger than life size and in the form of folding scroll or panel in Buddhist temple and Shinto shrines across Japan. Jakuchu is an artist who found inner peace of himself. Even success in fame and financial during his time, he didn’t interest much in secular society and chose to stay around with religious people. However, the introvert Kyoto artist’s never stopped developing his painting technique, he always tried on new materials and experimented on western style perspective.
This exhibition is now open until 24 May 2016 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. For more information and ticketing, please visit the museum website.
Source and Image via Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum