Itō Jakuchū was an artist in Kyoto during the 18th century, who never allowed his work to be tied to any artistic movement but instead created a personal style, having only dedicated himself to painting at the age of 40. This exhibition presents his series of 30 hanging scrolls entitled Images of the Colourful Realm of Living Beings (Dōshoku sai-e) – his most ambitious work, created over nearly a decade.
With its flowers, fish and birds, the series represents one of the most remarkable examples of Japanese polychrome painting in the 18th century. Currently in the collection of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan, the work has only left the country once before in its history. In Paris, it will be displayed alongside the artist’s trio of Buddhist paintings, from the Shōkoku-ji temple in Kyoto. Find out more about the Jakuchū exhibition from the Petit Palais’s website.
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