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Early Autumn: Birds on Pepper Tree

Tsuchiya Rakusan was born in Kyoto and studied art under the great Kyoto painter, Seiho Takeuchi, who was one of the formative artists of Nihonga, or the new nativist style of Japanese painting (in contrast to Chinese or Western painting) embraced during the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. While highly stylized, the painters all based their work in a close study of nature. Tsuchiya, following the example of his teacher, produced elegant studies of birds and flowers that are in equal parts decorative and true to life.

Tsuchiya Rakusan
Japanese, 1896‒1976
Early Autumn: Birds on Pepper Tree
20th century
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
16 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (42.9 x 60.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wahl, 76.41.7

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