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Ike-no TAIGA

(Japan 1723 – 1776)

Taigadô Gafu

Location
Not on display
Further information

Taiga came from a commoner's family and lost his father when he was four. From an early age he showed talent in Chinese studies at Manpukuji temple, built in 1669 as the main temple of the Chinese Obaku sect of Zen Buddhism and a mecca for Chinese studies throughout the Edo period. Japanese artists developed the Chinese literati style largely by studying painting and woodblock-printed books such as the famous 'Mustard seed garden manual of painting', originally published in China (1679/1707) and brought to Japan in the following decades. Following this example, Taiga published his own manual, from which these prints are taken, and inspired a following of many artists.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.238.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1804
Media
Print, Book
Medium
folded book: 32 leaves, 24 prints, colour woodcut
Dimensions
29.8 x 19.1 cm leaf; 29.8 x 19.2 x 1.8 cm closed book; 29.8 x 38.3 cm open book :
a - Untitled (a tree without leaves), 24 x 8 cm, image; verso leaf e
b - Untitled (a tree with small leaves), 18 x 15.5 cm, image; leaf f
c - Untitled (a tree), 27 x 20 cm, image; verso leaf f and leaf g
d - Untitled (trees), 26.5 x 37 cm, image; verso leaf g and leaf h
e - Untitled (trees), 26 x 37 cm, image; verso leaf h and leaf i
f - Untitled (trees), 21 x 36 cm, image; verso leaf i and leaf j
g - Untitled (a pine tree), 26 x 37.9 cm, image; verso leaf j and leaf k
h - Untitled (rocks), 23 x 31 cm, image; verso leaf k and leaf l
i - Untitled (rocks), 13 x 34 cm, image; verso leaf l and leaf m
j - Untitled (mountains), 25 x 36.2 cm, image; verso leaf m and leaf n
k - Untitled (mountains), 26.5 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf n and leaf o
l - Untitled (mountains), 27.5 x 34.8 cm, image; verso leaf o and leaf p
m - Untitled (mountains), 26.5 x 37.5 cm, image; verso leaf p and leaf q
n - Untitled (mountains), 26.5 x 35 cm, image; verso leaf q and leaf r
o - Untitled (mountains and three trees), 27.2 x 38 cm, image; verso leaf r and leaf s
p - Untitled (figures), 21 x 37.5 cm, image; verso leaf s and leaf t
q - Untitled (figures), 17 x 30.5 cm, image; verso leaf t and leaf u
r - Untitled (figures), 19 x 31.7 cm, image; verso leaf u and leaf v
s - Untitled (figures playing instruments in a garden), 27 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf v and leaf w
t - Untitled (figures fishing on boats), 20.5 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf w and leaf x
u - Untitled (boats on the river), 28 x 38.1 cm, image; verso leaf x and leaf y
v - Untitled (houses by water), 26.6 x 35.5 cm, image; verso leaf y and leaf z
w - Untitled (view of city from mountain), 25 x 36 cm, image; verso leaf z and leaf aa
x - Untitled (a cave halfway up the mountain), 27.5 x 36.5 cm, image; verso leaf aa and leaf bb
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
269.1983.a-ff