Mochizuki Gyokkei (1874-1938)

Spring Landscape

Inv. Nr. #20.012
Date Late Meiji period
Material Ink and colors on silk
Dimensions H 194,7 x W 50,3 cm (with mounting)

Comes with old fitted wooden box.

 

Mochizuki Gyokkei, the fifth heir of the Gyokusen painting tradition (also known as 'Kyōto school') was a master painter of flower-bird-paintings, but also of landscapes as one can see in this fine example of a spring landscape. Within a mountainous setting, indicated by a large massif in the distant background, he composed a rural spring landscape with traditional Japanese farm houses between blooming cherry trees. 

 

Mochizuki Gyokkei was the successor of his father Mochizuki Gyokusen 望月玉泉 (1834-1913), who has been working for the imperial palace as well. From him, Gyokkei inherited his accurate brushwork through his training in the fifth-generation family style tracing back to his great-grandfather Mochizuki Gyokusen (1692–1755), who established the family studio combining these elements of Chinese painting of the Kishi school with influences by Shen Nanping and Japanese paintings by the Maruyama-Shijō school as well as western painting techniques.