Arts Everyday Living: Ito Jakuchu—Take an Underwater Voyage into the Colorful Realm


This fifth and final installment of the Colorful Realm of Living Beings, that closed yesterday at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., features a subject quite different from the bird and flower silk scrolls of the previous blogs.  For Ito Jakuchu, the creator of this dazzling 30 work masterpiece, also captured the underwater world of both river and ocean fish including two octopi and a blow fish.


Ito Jakuchu, Fish, c.1765-1766, Silk Scroll, Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo, Japan


Ito Jakuchu, Fish, c. 1765-1766, Silk Scroll, Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo, Japan




To view more of Ito Jakuchu’s visions, see: Plum Blossoms and Cranes, April 9; Chickens, April 13; Peonies and Small Birds, April 19; and Old Pine Tree and White Phoenix, April 23, 2012.

The above images are used solely for educational purposes.







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