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KAWANABE KYOSAI Japanese Woodblock Print CAT & MOUSE - RARELY SEEN

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KAWANABE KYOSAI Japanese Woodblock Print CAT & MOUSE - RARELY SEEN

KAWANABE KYOSAI

Cat and Mouse


Date: c. 1920s; publisher thought to be Hasegawa
Size: oban 10.2" x 15.6"
Condition: VG, uncirculated print,"Made in Japan" is stamped on verso, no flaws of note
Impression: Fine, tight registration and solid key lines; extensive gauffrage on the cat.
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: From the Robert O. Muller collection (see below for more information)
ABOUT KAWANABE KYOSAI
Kyosai was born in Shimose Province, and was the son of a samurai. At the age of six Kyosai began his art studies under the renowned ukiyo-e master, Kuniyoshi, later studied painting in the Kano school, and at the age of 27 became an independent artist working in the Hongo area of Tokyo.

Kawanabe Kyosai was an eccentric artist who was well known for his exaggerated lifestyle, and there are many tales of his adventures in the consumption of sake. With his fellow Meiji era artists Kunichika and Kobayashi Kiyochika, Kyosai often went on drinking binges.

Kyosai's painting was exhibited at the Vienna International Exposition in 1873 and at the Exposition of Paris in 1883 making him one of the earliest Japanese artists to exhibit in Europe. His woodblock prints are rare.


WHO WAS ROBERT O. MULLER?
Robert O. Muller’s love affair with Japanese prints began one day in the 1930s, when as a student in New York City he spotted a Hasui in a gallery window, and immediately arranged to purchase the print. As a newly wed in 1940 he went on a print shopping tour to Japan with his wife where he met the shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo and Watanabe’s stable of artists including: Kawase Hasui, Shiro Kasamatsu, and Ito Shinsui. He also met and befriended Hiroshi Yoshida.

After WWII, Muller continued to deal in Japanese prints, but he was also an avid collector with a keen eye for good art. Although the Muller Collection is best known for shin hanga, Mr. Muller also collected late nineteenth century prints and good reproductions of famous Edo masters.

When Mr. Muller passed away on April 10, 2003, he had left possibly the largest and finest collection of 20th century Japanese prints in the world, and the question of what would become of his notorious collection was a major topic among Japanese print collectors. The finest 20th century prints from his collection were given as a gift to the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and an exhibit was mounted. Other portions of the collection were sold at auction and still more remains with his heirs. Several books have been published about the collection.


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