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Iwasa Matabei

(1578 -  1650 ) Wikipedia® : Iwasa Matabei
MATABEI Iwasa Haru No Tempura

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Feb 16, 2017
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Iwasa Matabei - Composing Poetry In A Spring Landscape

Iwasa Matabei - Composing Poetry In A Spring Landscape

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Lot number: 3095
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Circle of Iwasa Matabei (early-to-mid 17th century)
Composing Poetry in a Spring Landscape

A large six-panel screen, ink, color, silver and gold pigment on paper applied with silver and gold foil, gilt metal disk; depicting elegant youths and beauties watching their companion hang a

tanzaku

poem card on a flowering cherry tree, the blossoms rendered in

moriage

and a large gilt metal sun to the far right;

unsigned 67 7/8 x 144 1/2in (167.4 x 367cm)

Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650) has been credited with taking genre painting in a new direction - concentrating on larger figures engaged in pursuits of pleasure and leisure, largely devoid of geographical context.

This spectacular screen shows fashionable young men and their beautiful female companions enjoying a cherry tree in full bloom in a garden. A stylishly-dressed young man reclining on a veranda, holds a long pipe as he gazes upon a gorgeously-clad woman hanging a freshly written poem card from a branch of the tree. Her attendant holds the lacquer tray with the writing brush and ink. Another attractive couple at the right lean on an armrest, and contemplate what to write, the writing set laid out before them.

The emphasis here seems to be on the figures and the activity rather than on the surroundings. The artist has paid specific attention to the contemporary styles, (taking great care to show the unique patterns of each character's robe), and the current fashion trends (the inclusion of the impossibly long pipe suggests the rage for tobacco, recently introduced by the Portuguese around 1601). The figures are large in comparison to the composition.

The painting here is typical of what came to be known as the Matabei style. The figures' faces are somewhat pear-shaped with wide jaws and narrow foreheads and the bodies are supple and long yet corpulent. The cherry blossoms rendered in bold relief (

moriage

) with subtle gold highlights create a sense of depth and three dimensionality. The lavish gold clouds are also enhanced with geometric shapes raised in

moriage

technique. Extensive use of gold and silver flecks further add to the luxurious atmosphere.

The origins of

tanzaku

poem cards may be in divination papers used in ancient times or perhaps related to the small rectangular papers that were used in poetry gatherings in the Heian period. The custom of hanging

tanzaku

from cherry trees became a popular motif in ukiyo-e prints and paintings.

Similar examples are published in

Ukiyo-e painting masterpieces in the collection of the Azabu Museum of Art

(

Azabu Bijitsukan shozo nikuhitsu ukiyoe meihinten

, Tokyo: Azabu Bijutsukan, [1988]), pl. 2, and

Iwasa Matabe

by Tsuji Nobuo, vol. 13 in the series

Nihon bijutsu kaiga zenshu

(Tokyo: Shueisha, Showa 55 [1980]), pl. 68. The later work also contains an illustrated article addressing the influence of Matabei on genre painting.
Iwasa Matabei - The Heian-period Poet Nakatsukasa

Iwasa Matabei - The Heian-period Poet Nakatsukasa

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Lot number: 160
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Style of IWASA MATABEI (17--18th century)*
The Heian-period poet Nakatsukasa
Sealed Doun
Hanging scroll; ink, color and mica on fan-shaped paper
9.5/8 x 19.7/8in. (24.5 x 50.5cm.)
Lot Notes
published:
Tsuji Nobuo, Iwasa Matabei, Nihon no bijutsu 12, no. 259 (Tokyo:Shibundo, 1987), no. 91.
Iwasa Matabei - Scenes From The Tale Of Genji

Iwasa Matabei - Scenes From The Tale Of Genji

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Lot number: 540
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Anonymous School of Iwasa Matabei (17th century) Scenes from the Tale of Genji Large six-panel folding screen, ink, color and gold on paper; depicting three scenes illustrating episodes in the famous novel: Utsusemi (The Cicada Shell) [Chapter 3] Genji spying on Utsusemi and Nokiba no Ogi; Wakamurasaki [Chapter 5] Genji peering at young Murasaki chasing after her sparrow; and Suma (Exile at Suma) [Chapter 13] Genji riding to the house of Akashi no Kimi, accompanied by Koremitsu and attendants (losses, some restorations). 59 x 136 5/8in (149.7 x 347cm)
Iwasa Matabei - Haru No Tempura

Iwasa Matabei - Haru No Tempura

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Lot number: 51
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School of Iwasa Matabei, titled Haru no tempura (Spring intimate pillow), Edo Period, late 17th century, Japanese Erotic handscroll (shunga emakimono)

ink, colour, gofun (pulverized oyster shell) gold on paper twelve various scenes including: Heian period noble woman and a mounted warrior, a courtesan and a warrior with an assistant (kamuro) joining, a young couple behind the screen and two assistants peeking, two noble women and a nun, mounted on brocade Fitted with a wood box inscribed with the title, attribution and the collector\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’s name, in a black maki-e lacquered box decorated with chrysanthemum and scales mon (family emblem) among scrolling foliage in gold lacquer on a black ground (roiro-nuri) Quantity: 12 34.5 by 603.5 cm; 13 1/2 by 237 1/2 in.
Iwasa Matabei - Raijin

Iwasa Matabei - Raijin

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Lot number: 458
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Sale 57 Lot458

ATTRIBUTED TO IWASA MATABEI (Japanese,1578-1650).

RAIJIN,
ink and color on paperscroll, sealed
- Sight: 10 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in.
Estimate $800-1,000
PROVENANCE: Collection of Edward and Jane Griffin, Bethesda,MD
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