218 Years After his Death, Painter Ito Jakuchu on Show in Paris for the First Time
Itō Jakuchū 〈Nandina et coq〉 Musée des collections impériales (Sannomaru Shōzōkan), Tōkyō, avant 1765
Jakuchu Ito was passionate about painting from childhood. While at the Shokoku-ji zen monastery in Kyoto, he devoted himself to the art, taking inspiration from paintings of flowers and birds from the Song dynasty (960-1279) and probably also the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
Now, Parisians can discover his ultimate masterpiece, Images of the Colourful Realm of Living Beings (Doshoku Saie), comprised of thirty hanging scrolls and completed from 1757 and 1766, which this fervent Buddhist offered to the Shokoku-ji temple in Kyoto, the then Imperial capital of Japan. It’s a collection expressing the vital energy of flora and fauna and which is testament to the originality of this self-taught artist.
Itō Jakuchū 〈Roses et petits oiseaux〉 Musée des collections impériales (Sannomaru Shōzōkan), Tōkyō, avant 1765
Itō Jakuchū 〈Vieux pin et phénix blanc〉 Musée des collections impériales (Sannomaru Shōzōkan), Tōkyō, vers 1766
Itō Jakuchū 〈Coquilles〉 Musée des collections impériales (Sannomaru Shōzōkan), Tōkyō, avant 1765
Itō Jakuchū 〈Bodhisattva Samantabhadra〉 Shōkokuji, Kyōto, avant 1765
Jakuchu (1716-1800) The colorful realm of living beings
15 September 2018 to 14 October 2018
Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Pariswww.petitpalais.paris.fr/en/expositions/jakuchu-1716-1800
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