[A Dutch Merchant Ship].



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Untitled gouache on paper, mounted on silk with brokade borders and framed, image measuring 63x39cm (framed 77,5x56cm). Some old wear (minor abrasions, slightly faded). Nagasaki, signed by the artist together with two seals and dated with cyclical date mark for September, Bunsei 7 [i.e.

Ishizaki Yushi (1768-1846), the son of Araki Gen'yu (1728-94) was adopted by Ishizaki Gensho (1731-1778) as a child. The Ishizaki family had been active as inspectors/censors of imported paintings (kara-e mekiki) since 1724 and as positions in this office were hereditary within a family, Gen'yu may have felt that his son was well placed with the Ishizakis. Yushi entered the censorship office aged only fourteen in 1781, and subsequently became one of the leading artists of Nagasaki. The task of the kara-e mekiki was to record and inspect imported books and works of art from China and Holland for material that was deemed offensive or a threat to the authority of the Shogunate. Ishizaki Yushi practised a wide variety of painting styles, incl. bunjin-ga and ukiyoe-sketches and eventually became the teacher of the famous Kawahara Keiga (1786-c.1860) who worked for Siebold and Overmeer Fisscher). The present work depicts a ship moored at Nagasaki, with all but one sail furled and numerous Dutch flags flying. On deck a group of sailors are clearly visible, one of them climbing into the rigging. The theme, use of colour and technique are typical of Ishizaki's 'official style' and the shading on the flags and sails clearly show western influence. (See French: Through closed Doors: Western Influence on Japanese art, 1978, p. 62-63).

Stock Code: 190069

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