Late Meiji period (1868-1912) painting of monkeys on a branch. A very large monkey is shown in the company of 2 smaller monkeys on a branch. It is a very simple painting of monkeys in a great deal of negative space. The artist is painting the image of the monkeys alone without the embellishment of foliage or any other device to create composition. The overall effect of this image is one of large abstract shapes having some similarity to abstract calligraphic forms. It is not your normal cute monkey image; it is more of an image focused on the stylization of painting rather than trying to take advantage of the charm of the monkey image.
Age: Late Meiji (1868-1912)
Size: image 29.75" x 24.75" (75 x 63 cm); overall 87" x 37.25" (221 x 95 cm)
Media: Ink on paper