Imao KEINEN Gallery

"B. Kyoto. Original name Imao Isaburo. Also used the go Yososai, Ryoji Rakukyo, Shiyu, Eikanshi. Studied ukiyo-e painting with Umegawa Tokyo and other Japanese styles with Suzuki Hyakunen. Professor at Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting from 1880. Member Imperial Art Academy from 1919. Important Japanese-style painter in Kyoto. Specialized in kacho ga with very realistic detail. Known for 'Bird and Flower Albums by Keinen (Keinen Kacho Gafu)', 1892, a set of 4 volumes with moku-hanga in each, published by Niishimura Sozaemon, carved by Tanaka Jirokichi, and printed by Miki Jinzaburo. Unsigned prints attributed to Keinen appear in a 1930s' series by various artists." --'Guide to Modern Japanese Prints: 1900-1975' by H. Merritt and N. Yamada

Keinen Imao KEINEN (1845-1924). Buntings (Aoji) and plum tree; oban tate-e (12" x 8"). Unsigned (probably from 1930s). Condition: good; slight toning throughout; full margins with small tear in left margin. $75. (#99CM)
Keinen Imao KEINEN (1845-1924). Himalayan (Oriental) Cuckoo (Tsutsudori) in fern tree; oban tate-e (12" x 8"). Print No. 1 from a set of four albums published in 1892 by Niishimura Sozaemon (exactly the same vintage and printing as the kanji-numbered version, this edition using roman numbers being intended for export). Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout; full margins with "binding holes" in right margin (preserved as part of an album). $125. (#A0CQ)
Keinen Imao KEINEN (1845-1924). Common Cuckoo (Kakko) and rhododendron; oban tate-e (12" x 8"). Print No. 10 from a set of four albums published in 1892 by Niishimura Sozaemon (exactly the same vintage and printing as the kanji-numbered version, this edition using roman numbers being intended for export). Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout; margins, but with "binding holes" in right margin (preserved as part of an album) and left margin slightly trimmed. $125. (#A0AV)
Keinen Imao KEINEN (1845-1924). Wrens (Misosazai) and twinberries; oban tate-e (12" x 8"). Print No. 12 from a set of four albums published in 1892 by Niishimura Sozaemon (exactly the same vintage and printing as the kanji-numbered version, this edition using roman numbers being intended for export). Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout; margins, but with "binding holes" trimmed from right margin (preserved as part of an album) and left margin slightly trimmed; still attached by one corner to a presentation folio. SOLD. (#A0DV)
Imao KEINEN (1845-1924). Gray-headed bunting (Hoaka)) and morning glory; oban tate-e (12" x 8"). Print No. 15 from a set of four albums published in 1892 by Niishimura Sozaemon (exactly the same vintage and printing as the kanji-numbered version, this edition using roman numbers being intended for export). Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout; margins, but with "binding holes" trimmed from right margin (preserved as part of an album); attached by tape at top to a presentation folio. $125. (#A0EH)


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