KYOSAI HYAKKI GADAN: KYOSAI'S PICTORIAL ACCOUNTS OF ONE HUNDRED GOBLINS.: KAWANABE, Kyosai. KYOSAI HYAKKI GADAN: KYOSAI'S PICTORIAL ACCOUNTS OF ONE HUNDRED GOBLINS.: KAWANABE, Kyosai. KYOSAI HYAKKI GADAN: KYOSAI'S PICTORIAL ACCOUNTS OF ONE HUNDRED GOBLINS.: KAWANABE, Kyosai. KYOSAI HYAKKI GADAN: KYOSAI'S PICTORIAL ACCOUNTS OF ONE HUNDRED GOBLINS.: KAWANABE, Kyosai.

KYOSAI HYAKKI GADAN: KYOSAI'S PICTORIAL ACCOUNTS OF ONE HUNDRED GOBLINS.

KAWANABE, Kyosai.

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[Tokyo 1895, Ogawa]. Blue boards, accordion folded, 12 x 21 cm., signed Shoojoh Kyosai Ga, "Drawn by Shojoh Kyosai," on thin slighly browned paper, title slip, edge wear contents very clean, 25 double-leaves, color illustrations, 27 double *** *** *** . . KYOSAI'S MOST BIZARRE AND STUNNING BOOK OF GOBLINS . . . CONTINUED: pages in all. . A superbly marvelous look at the various kinds of devils, demons & ghosts found not only in Gyosai's imagination but within Japan's long tradition of supernatural devils and mythological creatures that populate the genre. . * This period work covers the gambit of one-eyed, three-eyed ghouls, Tengu, horned creatures, all sorts of Buddhist monsmonsters, phoenix, dragons, musicians, thunder Gods, skulls & skeletons, female ghosts, goblins, magical animals, fabulous creatures &c. Organized in a horizontal scroll painting format. . * The scroll begins with a group of people seated around the Hibachi, in the evening, many are hiding under the Kotatsu blanket in fear, as one person dressed in a black Kimono gestures while telling a the Hyaku-Monogari [THE ONE HUNDRED GOBLIN STORIES. . * The next page shows a person holding a lamp, with a horizontal scroll, which is probably a selfportrait of Kyosai, as he he peeks under a cloud to see a group of horrible skeletons and images of death goblins. So the story continues. . * Its full of various grotesque and very sick-morbid goblins and ghosts, some with one large or three strange eyes, and weird shapes. Loaded with demons, ghouls, King of Hell, King of Freaks, haunted animals, tonsured monsters, the ugly, horrible, the bizarre, monsters of the free Walpurgis Night as they are engaged in a "hundred monsters" and many other scary things found during the "Obon Festival" in August, or the return of the dead souls. . * The work of a very creative and unique [and sick !] and talented artistic mind ! An illustration from this book is found without tribute or citation but we did recognize it immediately. . * An exceptionally fine and most RARE AND IMPORTANT example of some of Kyosai's most imaginative and superb artistic work found. . * WHO WAS KAWANABE GYOSAI [1831-1899]: Kyosai [later known as Kyosai] was a great & famous Kano style painter, print & book-maker, illustrator, who studied under Utagawa Kuniyoshi and others. . * REFERENCES: . a stated about this book: "The most important work about Kyosai's art and life was written by himself: Kyosai Gadan, or "Kyosai's Treatise on Painting", half autobiography and half painting manual. * WESTERN APPRECIATORS: Many westerners came to visit Kyosai, and their memoirs about the artist are valuable. The two important ones, both rare, were: Émile Étienne Guimet, Promenades Japonaises, Paris, 1880. * Josiah Conder: "Paintings and Studies by Kawanabe Kyosai," Tokyo, 1911. Conder was a serious student of Japanese art; after some initial rejections, he was accepted as Kyosai's pupil, and accompanied him for ten years until the master's death. * Timothy Clark, Demon of painting: the art of Kawanabe Kyosai, p.186 chronology, and the drawing #21, p.58 is very similar to the pose found in our painting of OTOHIME [Toyotama-hime], both in pose, facial quality, hair style and the general perspective. * ROBERTS, Laurance P.: A DICTIONARY OF JAPANESE ARTISTS: PAINTING, SCULPTURE, CERAMICS, PRINTS, LACQUER, p.100, stated of him: [Kyosai] ".was marked by a wild, eccentric humor.caricatures of full of fantasy and invention." * BROWN, Louise N.: BLOCK PRINTING AND BOOK ILLUSTRATION IN JAPAN. She lists several entries for Kyosai. * Nikolas Kiej'e:JAPANESE GROTESQUERIES, p.148, #82. He stated ".To draw an extremely ugly misshapen demon as the servant of these unwholesome looking women is such an instance of [Japanese] fascination with the grotesque." * K. Toda: THE RYERSON COLLECTION OF JAPANESE & CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, lists several Kyosai entries. * ROBERTS, Laurance P.: A DICTIONARY OF JAPANESE ARTISTS: PAINTING, SCULPTURE, CERAMI. Bookseller Inventory # 23027701

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