Jakuchū, the Playful Painter
― also featuring Kōrin, Ōkyo, Shōhaku, and others ― Commemorating the 220th anniversary of the artist’s death

October 4th (Sunday),2020~March 28th (Sunday),2021

The painter Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) was active in Kyoto during the mid-Edo period. While born as the eldest son of a wealthy merchant, he was not interested in fame or profit and did not like academic study, entertainment, or recreation. He just devoted himself to his sole pleasure: painting. Jakuchū lived as a playful painter until the ripe age of eighty-five, a rarity for someone in his day. To mark the 220th anniversary of his death, Okada Museum of Art will present all seven of its Jakuchū artworks at this exhibition.

It is the first time in four years that these four color paintings and three ink wash paintings, which span from his early to late years, will be on display together. They are as follows: “Flowers and Rooster,” which Jakuchū painted in his late thirties when he was studying painting and running his family's vegetable wholesale business, “Peacock and Phoenix,” from around when he was forty years old and focusing entirely on painting, “Birds and Plum Blossoms,” “Rooster in Snow,” “Rooster Standing on a Hat,” and “Crested Myna and the Moon,” which he painted his late forties, as well as “Thirty-Six Immortal Poets,” which he produced at the age of eighty-one. Visitors are invited to enjoy the colorful world of Edo period painting through these Jakuchū artworks as well as those of the Kanō school (which Jakuchū studied), Ogata Kōrin, Ogata Kenzan (Kōrin's younger brother), the leading Kyoto painter and Jakuchū contemporary Maruyama Ōkyo, the brilliant Soga Shōhaku, and others.

Introduces some of the artworks currently on display.

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Itō Jakuchū

Flowers and Rooster

Mid-Edo period mid-18th century

地面に向かってついばむ雄鶏(おんどり)の姿、花びらや葉の一枚一枚の細かな描写は、写実的でありながら時に誇張を交えて真に迫り、装飾的な美しさをも添えています。 伊藤若冲(1716~1800)は、京の錦小路(にしきこうじ)の青物問屋の長男として生まれますが、40歳で弟に家督(かとく)を譲ってからは、画作に明け暮れる生活を送りました。自宅の庭に鶏を数十羽飼い、徹底的に観察しては写生に励んだと伝えられます。この絵は、落款や画風から、画業に専念して間もない頃の作と考えられます。

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Itō Jakuchū

Peacock and Phoenix

Edo period ca.1755 (Hōreki 5)

この作品は、ちょうど伊藤若冲(1716~1800)の生誕300年にあたる2016年に、83年ぶりの大発見として報道され話題を呼びました。代表作「動植綵絵」(宮内庁三の丸尚蔵館蔵)30幅の制作が始まった宝暦7年(1757)頃、すなわち数え年42歳頃より前に描かれたと考えられるもので、若冲の画業では早い時期にあたります。いまだ初々しさが感じられ、細部までほどこされた緻密な描写が素晴らしい、まさに若冲の傑作の一つに数えられる作品です。広島藩浅野家12代藩主浅野長勲(ながこと 1842~1937)旧蔵。

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Itō Jakuchū

Birds and Plum Blossoms

Mid-Edo period latter half of the 18th century

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Itō Jakuchū

Rooster in Snow

Mid-Edo period latter half of the 18th century

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Itō Jakuchū

Rooster Standing on a Hat

Mid-Edo period latter half of the 18th century

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Itō Jakuchū

Crested Myna and the Moon

Mid-Edo period latter half of the 18th century

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Itō Jakuchū

Thirty-Six Immortal Poets

Edo period 1796 (Kansei 8)

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Ogata Kôrin

Chrysanthemums

Early Edo period beginning of the 18th century

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Ogata Kenzan

Moonflowers and Red Maple Tree

Mid-Edo period first half of the 18th century

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Maruyama Ôkyo

Three Beauties

Edo period 1783 (Tenmei 3)

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Nagasawa Rosetsu

Poet Botanka Shôhaku

Mid-Edo period latter half of the 18th century