Jakuchu: The 300th Anniversary of His Birth

Jakuchu: The 300th Anniversary of His Birth

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This catalog accompanies the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum exhibition Jakuchu: The 300th Anniversary of his Birth, presenting a collection of scroll paintings by the Japanese master, in celebration of the artist's tercentenary.


Jakuchu Ito was active in Kyoto during the 18th century, tirelessly producing artworks until his death at the age of 85. He painted many beautiful and vivid images of animals and plants using a delicate painting style, as well as ink paintings with spontaneous brushstrokes and humorous expressions. This exhibition celebrated the 300th anniversary of Jakuchu's birth by introducing masterpieces spanning his entire career. Jakuchu’s masterpieces—the 3 scroll paintings of the Sakyamuni Triad (Shokoku-ji, Kyoto) and the Pictures of the Colorful Realm of Living Beings series, consisting of 30 scrolls (Sannomaru Shozokan, The Museum of the Imperial Collections)—were displayed together for the first time in Tokyo. With a foreword in English by art historian and general supervisor for this exhibition, Nobuo Tsuji, and art collector Joe D. Price, whose collection was also exhibited at the venue, this title also includes an index of each work in English.

  • Softcover
  • 8.94 x 11.65 inches
  • 328 pages, full color images
  • Japanese language, with some English
  • Published: 2017

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