University of Tokyo Press, 2023
Master painter Kawanabe Kyōsai lived through a period of tumultuous change from Edo to Meiji. What was behind his outstanding painting skills? This book examines Kyōsai’s works in detail from the perspective of kyōga (comic pictures) and provides a complete picture of a painter who continued to challenge new techniques and expressions. This is a cutting-edge study on Kyōsai that redefines conventional research.
The tendency towards academicism in Japanese art history resulted in disregard of kyōga in the study of Kyōsai. This publication addresses the importance of kyōga in his early works and the role they played in his overall painting career, by giving specific consideration to each period.
The author is curator at the Israel Goldman Collection, one of the most prominent collections of Kyōsai’s works in terms of quality and quantity. This book contains many works from the collection, some of which were previously unknown.