Originally trained in Western-style oil painting, Kondo Koichiro worked as a successful cartoonist-illustrator, explored nihonga techniques, and eventually achieved fame as an innovative ink painter. Today he is best known for pushing the medium of ink further than anyone else in order to portray air an light effects in his objective let lyrical paintings (Michiyo Morioka in Literati Modern, p. 275).
The Three Views of Japan (Nihon Sankei) is the canonical list of Japan's three most celebrated scenic sights, attributed to 1643 and scholar Hayashi Gaho. One of those views is Matsushima, the pine islands, depicted here by Kondo Koichiro.
Kondo Koichiro (1884-1962)
Ink on fabric
127.8 x 29.1 cm (50 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Mounting: 194.5 x 42 cm (76 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)
Some foxing and paper creased