Japanese Hanging Scroll Calligraphy Minagawa Kien - XVIII Century
Primary Material : Paper
Technique : Handpainted
Roller Ends : Wood
Size: Height 199cm, width 35cm, weight 230g
Object literature: Minagawa Kien was a prominent Japanese painter and calligrapher during the Edo period. He was born in 1734 in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and would go on to become a renowned artist known for his mastery of the Nanga style of painting and his distinctive calligraphy.
Throughout his career, Kien gained fame not only for his artistic skills but also for his scholarly pursuits. He was well-versed in classical Chinese texts and often integrated elements of Chinese poetry and philosophy into his artwork. His paintings often featured natural landscapes, plants, and animals, which were executed with a delicate, spontaneous, and expressive brushwork style.
In addition to his artistic pursuits, Kien was an influential calligrapher. His calligraphy exhibited a similar elegance and spontaneity as his paintings. He was known for his unique style, which combined classical Chinese calligraphic techniques with a personal touch, creating an expressive and harmonious balance between form and content.