This very atmospheric painting reflects a fashion in Japanese art called Nihonga. Paintings of this type often have a great deal of negative space, suggesting distance and the vastness of the landscape by using a minimal amount of brushwork. It is not an attempt to explicitly define a landscape, but rather to suggest its size and vastness. While we have no particular date that this painting was done by Kokkan, we can presume it was done ca 1930 because of the stylization.
Odake Kokkan, also known as Kokukan, was born in Niigata-ken in 1880. He was the younger brother of the painters Odake Chikuha and Odake Etsudo. He studied under Kobori Tomone and became a Japanese style painter, specializing in historical subjects. He was a frequent prize winner at various exhibitions, winning his first major prize in 1907. The politics of the Bunten exhibitions led Odake Kokkan and his elder brothers to organize the Rakusenten - Exhibit of Rejected Works, after all of their paintings had been rejected for the 7th Bunten in 1913. In the next decade, they avoided government sponsored exhibitions, continuing to show with the other rebel Bunten artists and with the Hakkakai group, which his brothers and he founded together. He died in Tokyo on May 18, 1945.
Roberts, Laurance P., "A Dictionary of Japanese Artists", New York, 1976, P. 123
Yui, Kazuto, "Nijuseiki Bukko Nihon Gaka Jiten", Tokyo, 1998, P. 94
Age: Showa Period ca 1930
Size: painting 48" x 16-1/4" (122 x 41 cm), overall 79-1/2" x 23-3/4" (202 x 60 cm)
Media: Ink & pigment on silk
Condition: foxing, holes in mounting
Price: $3,500.00 USD