7199 A pair of two-fold paper screens painted in ink and colour on a silver ground with sagi (egrets) perched on the branches of a yanagi (willow) tree. The light green young leaves are rendered in moriage (raised design) and symbolise early spring. Numerous sakura (cherry blossom) petals are scattered in the air and on the river bank where small tampopo (dandelion) appear in full bloom.
Signed: Shōwa kyūki Taihakusei (Shōwa 9th year*. Made by Taihaku)
Entitled: Kunpū (warm breeze)
Japan 20th century Shōwa period (*1934)
Dimensions: H. 69½” x W. 71″ (176.5cm x 180cm) each
Ishiyama Taihaku (1893- 1961)
Born in Yamagata he studied painting under Sessyō Kashiwakura (dates unknown). After moving to Tokyo he became the student of Terasaki Kōgyō (1865-1919) and entered the Tenrai Cram School. He exhibited regularly at Inten and Bunten. Taihaku also exceled in sadō (tea ceremony) under the tea master Tanaka Sensyū (1874-1960) and founded the popular Nihonsadōin (Japanese tea ceremony institute).
This pair of 2-fold screens were first exhibited at Inten (Japan Art Institute Exhibition) in 1934 and were illustrated in the same exhibition catalogue, p.735, pl. 37.
Works by the artist can be found in the collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo