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Gyosai Gadan, Anatomical Drawing of Rear Facing Man

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Anatomical drawing of rear facing man

from the book Kyosai Gadan

 by Kawanabe Kyosai, 1887


IHL Cat. #298

About this Print

Sources: Copying the Master and Stealing His Secrets: Talent and Training in Japanese Painting, Brenda G. Jordan and Victoria Weston, University of Hawaii Press, 2002, p.96-97
Beginning with the fourth illustration [of Kyosai gadan], Kyosai offered his readers a series of anatomy drawings showing the alignment of muscles or the underlying skeletal structure of the human body.

Sources: Demon of Painting: the Art of Kawanabe Kyōsai, Timothy Clark, British Museum Press, 1993, p. 29 and Copying the Master and Stealing His Secrets: Talent and Training in Japanese Painting, Brenda G. Jordan; Victoria Weston, University of Hawaii Press, 2002, p. 103
Several pages of Kyosai gadan reproduce Western anatomical drawings given to him by Conder, but more as a curiosity than anything else. 

According to Conder, Kyosai regarded with profound respect the scientific knowledge of anatomical form, perspective and sciography revealed to him in foreign works.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #298
 Title or Description  Drawing based on Western anatomical drawing showing rear facing man and skeleton from the book Kyosai Gadan, Volume 1.
 Artist  Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)
 Signature  None
 Seal  None
 Publication Date  1887 (Meiji 20)
 Publisher  Iwamoto Shun
 Engraver
 
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre  ehon (illustrated book) - Meij era (1868-1912)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 H x W Paper
 8 1/4 x 10 in. (21 x 25.4 cm) each sheet
 Collections Holding "Gyosai Gadan"  Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum; Waseda University Library; British Museum
 Reference Literature


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