Japanese Hanging Scroll "Crab" Watanabe Kazan (1751-1811)
Size: high 126cm, wide 41cm, weight 210g
Primary Material : Paper
Technique : Handpainted
Roller Ends : Wood
Condition : Refer to all pictures
Object literature: Watanabe Kazan (渡辺 崋山, October 20, 1793 – November 23, 1841) was a Japanese painter, scholar and statesman member of the Samurai clan.
Like many other Edo-period artists, Kazan painted realistic portraits of his subjects using the effects of shading which he learned from European paintings. On one hand, he was a traditionalist Confucian, whilst on the other he was enthusiastic about Western ideas regarding science and politics.
Due to the political turmoil in which he was involved due to some articles he wrote, Watanabe committed ritual suicide (Seppuku) as a way to make amendments for the embarrassment he caused his lord.