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Kyōsai 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 and the Book

A double-bookplate removed from the first volume of Kawanabe Kyosai's four volume work Kyōsai Gadan  暁斎画談, variously translated as "Kyōsai's Account of Painting,"  "Kyōsai's Treatise on Painting," and "Stories of Painting by Kyōsai."

The four volumes comprising Kyōsai Gadan
Note: The bound volumes are not part of this collection

Source: Suntory Museum of Art https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2019_1/display.html [accessed 3-26-2021]
Kyōsai Gadan "reveals how widely Kyōsai studied masterpieces from the past." It includes his copies of works by Song and Yuan dynasty paitners, the great Japanese master Sesshu, generations of Kano-school artists such as Motonobu and Tan’yu, Tosa and Maruyama school painters, Ogata Korin and Tani Buncho and ukiyo-e artists such as Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai.

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.

Kyōsai’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 Kyōsai Gadan along with several other anatomical drawings, two of which are represented in this collection.  (See Kyōsai Gadan, Anatomical Drawing of Front Facing Man IHL Cat. #297 and Kyōsai Gadan, Anatomical Drawing of Rear Facing Man, IHL Cat. #298.)

Kyōsai based his drawing on an image of the Greek marble sculpture Laocoon 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 "Laocoon and His Sons" from the book Kyōsai Gadan, Volume 1 暁斎画談
 Artist  Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)
 Signature  None
 Seal  None
 Publication Date  1887 (Meiji 20)
 Publisher  Iwamoto Shun 岩本俊
 Engraver
 
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre  e-hon (illustrated book)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 H x W Paper
 8 1/4 x 10 in. (21 x 25.4 cm) each sheet
 Collections Holding "Kyōsai Gadan" Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum; Waseda University Library; The British Museum 1979,0305,0.390.1; Museum of Fine Arts Boston 1997.592.1-4
 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
latest revision:

3-26-2021
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