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Hotei Japanese Prints Open on Saturday, or during the week by appointment. Hotei Japanese Prints always has several hundred Japanese prints in stock, as well as c. 80 scroll paintings, a small selection of illustrated books and a growing number of objects ranging from ceramics by artists such as Hamada Shoji and Shimaoka Tatsuzō, bronze vases and objects by Nakajima Yasumi, early 20th century lacquer, mizusashi (water containers) and cloisonné.

We are located on the second floor of the beautiful Japan museum SieboldHuis in Leiden. Every year, in early winter, Hotei is a participant of the PAN Artfair in Amsterdam.

DAVID MITCHELL'S FAVOURITE ARTIST | In Volkskrant Magazine David Mitchell (b. 1969) author of the novel The Thousand Aut...
28/06/2022

DAVID MITCHELL'S FAVOURITE ARTIST | In Volkskrant Magazine David Mitchell (b. 1969) author of the novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (based on the life of Philipp Franz von Siebold), mentions Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957) (1883-1957) as his favourite artist. Hasui is best known for his serene landscape prints and is now one of the most famous and sought after print designers of the shin hanga (new prints) movement. Mitchell describes the essence of Hasui's work as 'windows to a sort of paradise [...] landscapes of an abstract quality [...] transporting you to the pictured landscape [...] exploring the depths of the soul." (Volkskrant Magazine 18 June 2022, p. 64).

Want to see Hasui's landscape prints for yourself? Do not miss out on the exhibition 'Shin Hanga: New Prints of Japan 1900-1960' from 17 June to 11 September 2022 in Japanmuseum SieboldHuis in Leiden, The Netherlands. Hasui's work is amply featured in this impressive overview of 20th century print art.

Luck has it that the pictured print in the Volkskrant Magazine by Hasui, 'Lake Matsubara, Shinshu' (1941) is now available at Hotei Japanese Prints: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/new/prints-item/1679/stockno-22-124/Kawase_Hasui_%E5%B7%9D%E7%80%AC_%E5%B7%B4%E6%B0%B4_(1883-1957)?p=prints

THE JAPAN TIMES: SHIN HANGA SPOTLIGHT | The Japan Times The Japan Times  has written an informative article on the shin-...
23/06/2022

THE JAPAN TIMES: SHIN HANGA SPOTLIGHT | The Japan Times The Japan Times has written an informative article on the shin-hanga ('new prints') woodblock print movement, published June 17th 2022. The occasion? The exhibition 'Shin Hanga: New Prints of Japan 1900-1960' is now touring Europe: currently on view from 17 June to 11 September 2022 in Japan Museum SieboldHuis Japanmuseum SieboldHuis (Leiden, The Netherlands), the exhibition moves to the Royal Museums of Art and History Art & History Museum Brussels (Brussels, Belgium) where it is on show until January 2023.

Want to know more about what The Japan Times describes as 'The last great woodblock print movement [...], the results of one man's vision to revive ukiyo-e' ? We have the article for you right here! To enlarge the image for better reading, click right with your mouse and select 'open image in new tab'.

NEW ACQUISITIONS AND LATEST NEWSLETTER | Having finally, after more than two years and four months, being able to visit ...
20/06/2022

NEW ACQUISITIONS AND LATEST NEWSLETTER | Having finally, after more than two years and four months, being able to visit Japan, we have a diverse selection of new prints available: from shin hanga to the old masters such as Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige and more. You can find a small part ( we will continue to add more over the coming weeks) of these new acquisitions now on our website : https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/prints?name=Theme2&New-acquisitions&page=1&p=prints

Want to view all? Feel free to drop by at our gallery! Attention: please make an appointment in advance to make sure our gallery staff is present.

We also added a new category, surimono, which you can find here:
https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/prints?name=Theme1&Surimono&page=1&p=prints

Last but not least: we have also sent out another newsletter two weeks ago which you can read here: https://mailchi.mp/7cb561019164/hotei-juni2022
To translate our newsletter to any language of your choice, please click the top right 'translate' button.

NEWSLETTER & COLLECTION UPDATE | Read our latest newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/75d754cd6355/hotei-may2022- A sizea...
11/05/2022

NEWSLETTER & COLLECTION UPDATE | Read our latest newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/75d754cd6355/hotei-may2022

- A sizeable update of new acquisitions on our website:
Surimono, Yosh*toshi moon prints, Kunisada actors and more.
- Aquatints by Noriwaki Miyamoto.
- Exhibitions update "Shin hanga".
- New Shin hanga catalogue.

HOTEI AT DAAF – LAST DAY | Time flies.. today is already the last day of the online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair)! Fo...
10/04/2022

HOTEI AT DAAF – LAST DAY | Time flies.. today is already the last day of the online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair)! For four days we will present a beautiful selection of Japanese art – from 7 April 16:00 hrs CET - Sunday 10 April 21:00 hrs CET - . Want to view our stand and collection? View our stand here: :https://www.thedaaf.com/exhibitors/profile/128360

Today we would like to highlight this beautiful painting by Terazaki Kōgyō (1866–1919). This landscape painting on silk, a kakejiku (hanging scroll painting) is titled ‘summer valley’. Painted in gentle soft colours and from a frog perspective. Comes with a signed double box and a certificate of authenticity authorized by the Tokyo Art Club, dated 9 september 2016.

Terazaki Kōgyō was a Japanese-style (Nihonga) painter, born in Akita. He began his artistic career as a Kano painter, studying with Hidetoshi Komura before leaving for Tokyo in 1888. There he studied with Suian Hirafuku, a Murayama-Shijo painter, and later with the Nanga painter Hakuryu Sugawara. He studied many styles of both Japanese and Chinese painting and developed his own eclectic style. He was an influential artist that was also member of the Nihon Bijutsuin and in 1918 even selected as an artist of the Imperial Household. His landscape paintings have a soft paintery feel with delicate pastel colours and are Japanese- style but show significant Western influence. He was known as a prolific painter of bijin (beautiful women).

DAAF HIGHLIGHT: RARE NARA E-HON IN EXCELLENT CONDITION | The online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) has started! For fo...
09/04/2022

DAAF HIGHLIGHT: RARE NARA E-HON IN EXCELLENT CONDITION | The online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) has started! For four days we will present a beautiful selection of Japanese art – from 7 April 16:00 hrs CET - Sunday 10 April 21:00 hrs CET . Want to view our stand and collection? View our stand here: https://www.thedaaf.com/exhibitors/profile/128360 .

Today, Satuday April 9th our gallery is open from 11:00-17:00 hours so you can view all artworks up close!

Today we would like to highlight this three volume, luxurious and rare Nara ehon (Nara picture book). The books tell the story of ‘Sumiyoshi Monogatari’, with hand painted illustrations with gold and silver paint and vibrant colours. The books can be dated ca 1673-1688 and the artist remains unknown. Nara ehon (Nara picture books) are handwritten illustrated books produced in the late-Muromachi and early-Edo period.

Luxurious gold paint framed illustrated pages are followed with pages filled with elegantly written calligraphy on writing paper decorated with minimalistic illustrations of grasses and flowers in gold. The books are bound, with folding case embroidered with emblems.

The story of ‘Sumiyoshi monogatari’ is said to date back to the Kamakura period, roughly to the late 10th century. Shortly summarized it could be seen as a Japanese equivalent of a Cinderella-type of story. A Middle Chancellor has two wives and three daughters. One of the wives dies, leaving the care of her daughter to her stepmother. Her stepmother favors her own daughters and ends up bullying and harassing her stepdaughter Himegimi (little princess) . She also denies Himegimi to be with her true love. Upon this heartbreak and injustice, Himegimi flees to the Sumiyoshi shrine (hence the title of the story). All is resolved in the end, with Himegimi being brought back to the palace through a mythical dream by her love. They marry, upon which her stepmother and her daughters end their lives in disgrace. The story has been retold and visualized many times over, and influenced major Japanese literary works such as Genji Monogatari (The tale of Genji) and Makura no Sōshi (The pillow book).

DAAF HIGHLIGHT: FROLICKING ANIMALS | The online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) has started! For four days we will pres...
08/04/2022

DAAF HIGHLIGHT: FROLICKING ANIMALS | The online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) has started! For four days we will present a beautiful selection of Japanese art – from 7 April 16:00 hrs CET - Sunday 10 April 21:00 hrs CET . View our stand here: https://www.thedaaf.com/exhibitors/profile/128360 .

Friday and saturday our gallery is open from 11:00-17:00 hours so you can view all artworks up close!

Today for our first highlight we selected a festive one: this extraordinary mallet-shaped black lacquer tea caddy by the prestigious lacquer artisan Matsuda Sanao (b. 1934). The tea caddy is decorated with gold lacquer featuring imitations of the famous ‘chōjū-giga’ (frolicking animal scrolls). The scrolls dating to the 12th and 13th century are icons of Japanese arthistory and picture animals behaving mischievously, playing with each other and pulling tricks. On the natsume we see the famous scene featuring a hare falling backwards, roaring with laughter, frogs dancing and wrestling, and a monkey running off with a hat and a twig. The natsume has a brown lacquer bottom and lid and black lacquer interior. Besides the beautiful composition and design, this natsume also attests of the high technical skill of the artist, who signed the tea caddy in gold lacquer on the bottom. The tea caddy comes with its original signed box.

HOTEI AT DAAF – START! | The online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) has started! For four days we will present a beauti...
07/04/2022

HOTEI AT DAAF – START! | The online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) has started! For four days we will present a beautiful selection of Japanese art – from 7 April 16:00 hrs CET - Sunday 10 April 21:00 hrs CET. A glimpse from what we have to offer in these two collages. Want to view our stand and collection? View our stand here:https://www.thedaaf.com/exhibitors/profile/128360. During the art fair our gallery is open Thursday-Saturday from 11:00-17:00 hours so you can view all artworks up close!
We are located at Rapenburg 19 in Leiden on the first floor of Japanmuseum SieboldHuis.
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Hotei at the DAAF April 7-10, 2022 | Hotei Japanese Prints is happy to announce our participation at the online Daaf (Du...
04/04/2022

Hotei at the DAAF April 7-10, 2022 | Hotei Japanese Prints is happy to announce our participation at the online Daaf (Dutch Art & Antiques fair) .

Opening Thursday 7 April 16:00 hrs CET, till Sunday 10 April 21:00 hrs CET. At this online Fair by members of The Royal Dutch Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (Koninklijke VHOK), we offer a fine selection of Japanese art, from woodblock prints, paintings to exquisite lacquerware.

Read more about it in our newsletter (click top right button to translate to the language of your choice!): https://mailchi.mp/c66530c7fed3/hotei-daaf2022

EXTRAORDINARY LACQUERWARE – Luxurious phoenix natsume In our previous post we wrote about the types of natsume (lacquer ...
07/02/2022

EXTRAORDINARY LACQUERWARE – Luxurious phoenix natsume

In our previous post we wrote about the types of natsume (lacquer tea caddy/theebusje for the Japanese tea ceremony) and showed some of the natsume we currently have available for sale.
This time we highlight this luxurious golden natsume, decorated with many small flecks of gold, a flying phoenix in gold raised lacquer and with inlaid mother of pearl detail on the phoenix’s tail and paulownia leaves in gold raised lacquer. The interior is decorated with another lacquer technique called nashiji: finely gold sprinkled powder. The artist has signed the natsume in gold lacquer on the bottom.

Japanese art objects come with an original box (tomobako) which is also a means of authenticating the work, but this natsume comes with three (!) boxes: the outer box is of washi paper, what follows is a luxurious wooden box, followed by the original box which is made to exactly fit the natsume and is signed by the artist.

The artist, Yoshida Kasei (b.1940) has his own studio called ‘Kasei studio’, where he also teaches his craft to the next generation. Exhibiting not only all over Japan but also abroad, he is an established maki-e lacquer artisan who has won many prizes and continues to create lacquerware of the highest standard up until today!

You can find this natsume here: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/new/objects-item/274/stockno-K21-062/Lacquer/2/Yoshida_Kasei_(b._1940)?p=objects

View all the lacquerware we currently have available here: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/objects?name=Lacquer&page=1&p=objects

NATSUME – LACQUER ART TREASURESAmong our new acquisitions we have a diverse selection of natsume (tea caddy/theebusje fo...
03/02/2022

NATSUME – LACQUER ART TREASURES
Among our new acquisitions we have a diverse selection of natsume (tea caddy/theebusje for the Japanese tea ceremony). View the images for an impression of some of the shapes and exterior textures and decoration techniques.

But what are natsume exactly? Natsume are tea canisters of lacquer, used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The name is derived from the shape of these canisters with lids: they have the shape of jujube fruit (red date). The most common form is the 'Rikyū form' (Rikyū-gata), named after the famous Sen no Rikyū (1522-1591), founder of the Japanese tea ceremony. The shape: a subtle bulge at the lid and a narrowing towards the bottom.

Natsume play a central role in the Japanese tea ceremony, as they serve as temporary storage for the matcha (Japanese green tea powder) before it is prepared. They are also called usucha-ki/usuki (thin or weak tea containers).
Another type of tea caddy exists: chaire, made of ceramic and used for a thicker type of tea (koicha). Natsume tea canisters have a wooden core, followed by many layers of Japanese lacquer. This makes natsume precious objects: Japanese lacquer is a scarce and expensive material and a labor and time-intensive process.
Other materials often used are gold, silver and inlaid mother-of-pearl.

Natsume come in three sizes: large (大棗 ō-natsume, ca. 8 cm), medium (中棗 chū-natsume ca. 6.6 cm), and small (小棗 ko-natsume ca. 5 cm). The 'flat lid' variant (平棗 hira-natsume) has a 2:1 ratio of diameter to height, and – as the name suggests – no bulging at the top of the lid. With the 'long bottom' variant (尻張 - shiribari stretched bottom) it is the bottom that has a larger diameter than the lid. Another common shape is nakatsugi (中次), a perfectly cylindrical shape where the bottom and top are flat. The line where lid and body meet is in the center of the canister (中). Similar, but with a different shape of the lid is the fubuki shape (吹雪) 'square-shouldered'.

The great variety, technical skill and beautiful materials make that these lacquer art treasures are collected all over the world!

🖱 You can find our current selection of available natsume here: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/objects?name=Lacquer&page=1&p=objects

JANUARY NEWSLETTER – GALLERY OPEN AGAINOur first newsletter of 2022 is out now and the gallery is open again. We also ha...
31/01/2022

JANUARY NEWSLETTER – GALLERY OPEN AGAIN
Our first newsletter of 2022 is out now and the gallery is open again. We also have new acquisitions available for sale: from prints to lacquerware, including two beautiful fine etchings by Tanaka Ryōhei(1933-2019)!

📮Read our newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/2658ff246226/hotei-jan2022?e=7b2949e819

The newsletter is in Dutch: click the ‘translate’ button on the top right to translate to your language of choice.

VIRTUAL TOUR – PAN ART FAIR 2021 - The PAN Amsterdam art fair is in full swing and we are happy to welcome so many custo...
16/11/2021

VIRTUAL TOUR – PAN ART FAIR 2021 - The PAN Amsterdam art fair is in full swing and we are happy to welcome so many customers and new faces to our stand.

As a bonus, this year we have a virtual tour of our stand, so that you can take a look at we have for sale this year at home. You can view the tour here: https://tours.labradoodledigital.com/page/hotei-japanese-prints/hotei-japanese-prints-pan-amsterdam

You can view the tour in the browser on your computer, but also on your mobile phone or tablet. Even VR (virtual reality) is possible.

In the bottom left corner is a play button, which automatically plays the tour, but you can of course freely walk through, zoom in and view details. Clicking on the dots in the tour will give you more information about the artworks. We have indicated which pieces have already been sold.

You are welcome in the RAI Amsterdam every day until Sunday 21 November from 11:00 - 18:00. A visit is definitely worth it! You will find Hotei Japanese Prints (booth 137) immediately left from the entrance, where we present the finest prints, lacquer objects, paintings, ceramics, bronzes and more.

Thank you Ernst Cilliers from Labradoodle Digital for the beautiful digital tour of our stand.

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EXTRAORDINARY LACQUERWARE – Luxurious phoenix natsume In our previous post we wrote about the types of natsume (lacquer tea caddy/theebusje for the Japanese tea ceremony) and showed some of the natsume we currently have available for sale. This time we highlight this luxurious golden natsume, decorated with many small flecks of gold, a flying phoenix in gold raised lacquer and with inlaid mother of pearl detail on the phoenix’s tail and paulownia leaves in gold raised lacquer. The interior is decorated with another lacquer technique called nashiji: finely gold sprinkled powder. The artist has signed the natsume in gold lacquer on the bottom. Japanese art objects come with an original box (tomobako) which is also a means of authenticating the work, but this natsume comes with three (!) boxes: the outer box is of washi paper, what follows is a luxurious wooden box, followed by the original box which is made to exactly fit the natsume and is signed by the artist. The artist, Yoshida Kasei (b.1940) has his own studio called ‘Kasei studio’, where he also teaches his craft to the next generation. Exhibiting not only all over Japan but also abroad, he is an established maki-e lacquer artisan who has won many prizes and continues to create lacquerware of the highest standard up until today! You can find this natsume here: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/new/objects-item/274/stockno-K21-062/Lacquer/2/Yoshida_Kasei_(b._1940)?p=objects View all the lacquerware we currently have available here: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/objects?name=Lacquer&page=1&p=objects
NATSUME – LACQUER ART TREASURES Among our new acquisitions we have a diverse selection of natsume (tea caddy/theebusje for the Japanese tea ceremony). View the images for an impression of some of the shapes and exterior textures and decoration techniques. But what are natsume exactly? Natsume are tea canisters of lacquer, used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The name is derived from the shape of these canisters with lids: they have the shape of jujube fruit (red date). The most common form is the 'Rikyū form' (Rikyū-gata), named after the famous Sen no Rikyū (1522-1591), founder of the Japanese tea ceremony. The shape: a subtle bulge at the lid and a narrowing towards the bottom. Natsume play a central role in the Japanese tea ceremony, as they serve as temporary storage for the matcha (Japanese green tea powder) before it is prepared. They are also called usucha-ki/usuki (thin or weak tea containers). Another type of tea caddy exists: chaire, made of ceramic and used for a thicker type of tea (koicha). Natsume tea canisters have a wooden core, followed by many layers of Japanese lacquer. This makes natsume precious objects: Japanese lacquer is a scarce and expensive material and a labor and time-intensive process. Other materials often used are gold, silver and inlaid mother-of-pearl. Natsume come in three sizes: large (大棗 ō-natsume, ca. 8 cm), medium (中棗 chū-natsume ca. 6.6 cm), and small (小棗 ko-natsume ca. 5 cm). The 'flat lid' variant (平棗 hira-natsume) has a 2:1 ratio of diameter to height, and – as the name suggests – no bulging at the top of the lid. With the 'long bottom' variant (尻張 - shiribari stretched bottom) it is the bottom that has a larger diameter than the lid. Another common shape is nakatsugi (中次), a perfectly cylindrical shape where the bottom and top are flat. The line where lid and body meet is in the center of the canister (中). Similar, but with a different shape of the lid is the fubuki shape (吹雪) 'square-shouldered'. The great variety, technical skill and beautiful materials make that these lacquer art treasures are collected all over the world! 🖱 You can find our current selection of available natsume here: https://www.hotei-japanese-prints.com/objects?name=Lacquer&page=1&p=objects
JANUARY NEWSLETTER – GALLERY OPEN AGAIN Our first newsletter of 2022 is out now and the gallery is open again. We also have new acquisitions available for sale: from prints to lacquerware, including two beautiful fine etchings by Tanaka Ryōhei(1933-2019)! 📮Read our newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/2658ff246226/hotei-jan2022?e=7b2949e819 The newsletter is in Dutch: click the ‘translate’ button on the top right to translate to your language of choice.
VIRTUAL TOUR – PAN ART FAIR 2021 - The PAN Amsterdam art fair is in full swing and we are happy to welcome so many customers and new faces to our stand. As a bonus, this year we have a virtual tour of our stand, so that you can take a look at we have for sale this year at home. You can view the tour here: https://tours.labradoodledigital.com/page/hotei-japanese-prints/hotei-japanese-prints-pan-amsterdam You can view the tour in the browser on your computer, but also on your mobile phone or tablet. Even VR (virtual reality) is possible. In the bottom left corner is a play button, which automatically plays the tour, but you can of course freely walk through, zoom in and view details. Clicking on the dots in the tour will give you more information about the artworks. We have indicated which pieces have already been sold. You are welcome in the RAI Amsterdam every day until Sunday 21 November from 11:00 - 18:00. A visit is definitely worth it! You will find Hotei Japanese Prints (booth 137) immediately left from the entrance, where we present the finest prints, lacquer objects, paintings, ceramics, bronzes and more. Thank you Ernst Cilliers from Labradoodle Digital for the beautiful digital tour of our stand.
HOTEI AT PAN - The PAN Amsterdam art fair (14-21 November, RAI Amsterdam) is well underway! You will find Hotei Japanese Prints (booth 137) immediately left from the entrance, where we present the finest prints, lacquer objects, paintings, ceramics, bronzes and more. Curious to see our stand? Labradoodle Digital has made this teaser video to give you a sneak peek! Soon you will also be able to take a virtual tour of our stand, including all the information of each artwork available. Thank you Ernst Cilliers from Labradoodle Digital! We look forward to welcome you also in real life at our stand at the art fair.
PAN AMSTERDAM 2021 – New opening times! - For those holding tickets for the opening tomorrow 13 November the fair will open at 12.00, so two hours earlier than planned. The fair closes at 18.00 hours. - The opening hours of the fair are 14-21 November 11:00-18:00 hours. - The Art Evenings on 18 and 19 November have been cancelled. As you can see from the pictures, our booth is ready! You will find Hotei Japanese Prints (booth 137) immediately left from the entrance, where we present the finest prints, lacquer objects, paintings, ceramics, bronzes and more. All visitors to PAN Amsterdam must be in the possession of a valid COVID Certificate showing vaccination, recovery or a negative test result - no older than 24 hours - as well as a valid proof of identity. PAN Amsterdam is a safe and spacious location. PAN Amsterdam follows the latest guidelines from the government and the RIVM. PAN Amsterdam RAI Amsterdam
PAN 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: A golden double six-panel screen This folding screen by Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) is a spectacular highlight of our offerings at this year’s PAN Amsterdam ART FAIR from 14-21 November 2021 at RAI Amsterdam. Yoshida Hiroshi is mostly known for his prints of landscapes inside and outside Japan largely produced during the 1920s and 30s. Before his turn to the medium of woodblock printing however, Yoshida worked with oils and watercolours in the field of yōga (Western style painting). This influenced his woodblock prints, which are famous for their gentle painterly feel. Less well-known are the commissioned ink paintings Yoshida created early in his career. Yoshida considered these paintings in Japanese style, often in the format of the hanging scroll (Kakemono) a hobby. Landscapes and subjects from the animal world were popular, but tigers were the no. 1 request. This pair of six panel folding screens, each measuring 1.75m (height) x 3.79 m (width) was most likely a commission from a very wealthy client: the painting of this group of tigers on a golden silk background is bordered by a luxurious black lacquer frame, decorated with gold ornaments. The dating of this screen is difficult, but we think that it probably dates from around 1925/26. In 1926 he produced one print of a tiger’s head. Screens of this quality and in such excellent condition are rare. Years ago Hotei sold a double screen by Yoshida depicting Mount Fuji to the Rijksmuseum. This huge item will take up one entire wall of our booth at the PAN alongside an enormous variety of Japanese works of art, on which we will inform you through our newsletter and Instagram posts. Want to subscribe to our newsletter? Click here: https://tinyurl.com/bpa5t7vc
PAN 2021 & A RARE FIND: KYŌSAI’S ‘PLAYFUL ELEPHANT’ SERIES We are happy to announce our participation in the yearly PAN Amsterdam ART FAIR from 14 - 21 November 2021 at RAI Amsterdam. You will find our booth left from the entrance, where we present the finest prints, lacquer objects, paintings, ceramics, bronzes and more. Read more about the PAN in our latest newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/6z7hh6vw One of our highlights is an extraordinary set of four (out of five) prints by Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) published in April 1863. That same month an Indian elephant arrived in Japan, causing a great sensation amongst the public. The animal was promptly eternalized in many woodblock print designs, but the now exceedingly rare series by Kyōsai - ‘Sensational Arrival from India: Elephants at Play’ - depicts the mammal as has never been done before. The animal is seen playing with foreigners and includes clever puns and mitate (parodies) on Japanese games and customs. What truly sets this series apart is the way in which Kyōsai has depicted the elephants. A central element in the artist’s practice was to draw from life and in this case we also know that Kyōsai went on an excursion to see the elephant with his publisher. Careful observation and creative ingenuity make the elephants jump from the paper in both an extremely life-like and playful way: Kyōsai has depicted their skinfolds, scruffy hairs and given them mischievous expressions, while they use their long trunks for all kind of activities. From leisurely enjoying a smoke to eagerly downing a bottle of sake, to sumo wrestling, enacting a Noh play and we can even see a parody of the famous revenge tale ‘The Treasury of Loyal Retainers’ enacted by the elephant and the –at the same time- imported tiger. We will present this series at the PAN alongside a great variety of works of art, on which we will inform you over the next two months through our newsletter and Instagram posts. Do not want to miss anything? Subscribe to our newsletter here: https://tinyurl.com/3c3w6esr