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Gyosai Gadan, Drawing based on Laocoon and His Sons

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Drawing based on Laocoon and His Sons

from the book Kyōsai Gadan

 by Kawanabe Kyōsai, 1887


IHL Cat. #296

About this Print

Source: 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.
Kyosai’s copy of Lacoon struggling with the serpents.  "...[T]he figure is bald and drawn with the major muscle groups revealed as if it were a type of anatomical study."  The drawing appears in Volume I of Kyosai Gadan along with several other anatomical drawings, two of which are represented in this collection.  (See Gyosai Gadan, Anatomical Drawing of Front Facing Man IHL Cat. #297 and Gyosai Gadan, Anatomical Drawing of Rear Facing Man, IHL Cat. #298.)

Kyosai based his drawing on an image of the Greek marble sculpture Lacoon and His Two Sons (see picture below) in the Musei Vaticani, Rome.  (The sculpture may date anywhere from the second century B.C. to the first century A.D.) 


The original sculpture

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #296
 Title or Description  Drawing based upon sculpture "Lacoon and His Sons" 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  e-hon - 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
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.97, fig. 4.7

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