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ikeno gyokuran literati painting

Ikeno Gyokuran


Gyokuran was the third in a lineage of urbane, cultivated, and independent women. She grew up in Kyoto, where her family owned a teahouse and her mother Yuri (1694-1764) and adoptive grandmother Kaji published waka poetry. Gyokuran was married to the literati painter Ike Taiga (1723–1776). They had their home and studio near Gion Shrine, east of Kyoto’s Kamo River. - "She (Gyokuran) is perhaps the most famous of the women bunjin (literati) artists, achieving widespread recognition in her own day. Gyokuran was selected for inclusion in the lists of painters in the 1768, 1775, and 1782 issues of Heian jinbutsu shi (Who is Who in Kyoto), and was one of the few female painters singled out for praise by the important later artist-critic Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835)." (Fister, Japanese Women Artists, p. 86)


Ikeno Gyokuran (1727-1784)

Ink on paper

25.5 x 40.1 cm (10 x 15 ¾ in.) 

Mounting 102.5 x 51.5 cm (40¼ x 20¼ in.)

Old wooden box with inscription


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SKU: 2501
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