Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells]. Masayoshi KEISAI, Kuwagata.
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].
Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].

Gyokai Ryakuga Shiki [Simplified Forms of Drawing Fishes and Shells].

Osaka: Fukusada Tobei, 1813.

257 x 175 mm, with 30 double-page colour woodblock prints; in the original orange stitched wrappers, in chitsu clasped case.

Ukiyo-e images of shells, crustacea and marine life by a master

Beautiful Japanese woodblock book depicting more than fifty varieties of marine life - fish, crustaceans, a whale, a spiny lobster, and other interesting inhabitants of the sea. 'A classic naturalistic work, reminiscent of Ryusui's Umi no sachi…' (Charles Vilnis), this is a 'famous book, appreciated by scholars and collectors both in Japan and in the West, including Duret, Binyon, Corbin, Javal, Gonse, Hayashi, et al. Keisai was influenced by his friend Hokusai, and also studied under Kitao Shigemasa, hence the source of his name' (Jerrold Stanoff).

Beautiful Japanese woodblock book depicting more than fifty varieties of marine life - fish, crustaceans, a whale, a spiny lobster, and other interesting inhabitants of the sea. 'A classic naturalistic work, reminiscent of Ryusui's Umi no sachi…' (Charles Vilnis), this is a 'famous book, appreciated by scholars and collectors both in Japan and in the West, including Duret, Binyon, Corbin, Javal, Gonse, Hayashi, et al. Keisai was influenced by his friend Hokusai, and also studied under Kitao Shigemasa, hence the source of his name' (Jerrold Stanoff).
'Keisai [1764-1824] studied under the master Ukiyo-e painter, Kitao Shigemasa and worked under the studio name of Kitao Masayoshi, in 1797 became the official painter to the Daimyo of Tsuyama, also trained under the most celebrated Kano Eisen'in…' (Roberts, Dictionary of Japanese Artists, p.75).
Mitchell (p.517) gives an explanation of the complex bibliography of this work, which first appeared in 1802 as Tatsu no miya tsuko with a collection of haiku.

Mitchell, p.517; Binyon, Japanese Art, p.225; C. Mitchell, The Illustrated Books of the Nanga, Maruyama, Shijo & other Related Schools of Japan; Hayashi, 1561; Hillier, Art of the Japanese Book, I, pp.478-9.

Price (AUD): $5,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #3802463

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