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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
2 Panel Meiji Japanese Screen, Puppies by Nishimura Goun

2 Panel Meiji Japanese Screen, Puppies by Nishimura Goun

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 1394941

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Puppies frolic in the snow on this early two panel screen by Nishimura Goun. Dabbed in light color allowing the paper itself to be the enveloping snow, the screen shows the mastery of design and brush effects for which he would become famed. Yet the style strongly reflects that of his teacher, Takeuchi Seiho, placing this very early in the artists oeuvre, likely later Meiji, between 1900 and 1910. The first stamp is one of his earliest recorded and is visible on a painting from 1911, exhibit 2 in the book Nishimura Goun (Mitsumurasuiko Shoin, 1983, enlargement on page 88). Fully restored the screen is 55-1/2 inches x 5 feet (141.5 x 153 cm).
Nishimura Goun (1877-1938) was a Kyoto painter born to a family of textile dyers and apprenticed from the age of 12 in the orthodox school under Kishi Chikudo (1826-1897) and then in the Western hybrid developed by Takeuchi Seiho after his teachers death. He showed at the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai (Japan Art Association) and then with the Zenkoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai (National Competitive Painting Exhibition). Prized at the first Bunten and later served as juror and Judge for the Teiten National Exhibition. Serving on the faculty of a number of Art Schools, He was nominated a Member of the Imperial Art Academy. Of fragile health, large scale works by him are rare. Paintings by him are held in the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art and National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Yamatane Art Museum, Umi-Mori Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Harvard Art Museum among others.