No one will deny the fact that Itō Jakuchū is one of the most popular artists in not only Edo period painting, but also in all Japanese arts.
It was in 1759, only four years after he became an artist, that he was entrusted with the wall painting of the Rinzaishū Shōkoku-ji group’s branch temple Rokuon-ji Daishoin, one of the high-class temple in Kyoto. The wall painting drawn at that time named “ Rokuon-ji Ōshoin Kyū(Old) Shōhekiga” was drawn in ink brush with a motif of grapes and bashō (Japanese banana), and the painting has been moved and kept here in Jōtenkaku Museum.
Most of Jakuchū’s art pieces are hanging scroll art, and there are not many masterpieces as big as this one except for “Hanamaru-zu” in Shikoku region’s Kotohiragū Okushoin and “Saboten Gunkei-zu Fusuma” in Osaka’s Saifuku-ji Temple. It is also valuable as a unique space that is permanently exhibited in the temple grounds famous to the artist. There is no doubt that it is one of the places that you should definitely visit even if you are not a fan of Jakuchū.
If you look at the art piece in detail, you can immediately understand why Jakuchū, who was nothing more than an art member of Kanō and Tosa, was given a big work to draw wall painting of a big temple’s important space. An outstanding brushstroke definitely catches people’s hearts.
Also the museum houses national treasures and various important cultural properties, so this museum is a must-see for Japanese art fans.
|Address||Imadegawa-dori, Karasuma Higashi-iru Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0898 Japan|
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