Hunters (Karyûdo)


Shôwa era
Tateishi Harumi (Japanese, 1906–1994)


Unframed: 249.68 x 190.75 cm (98 5/16 x 75 1/8 in.) Framed: 278.1 x 219.39 cm (109 1/2 x 86 3/8 in.) Unglazed.

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Medium or Technique

Panel; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

Not On View





In the first decades of the twentieth century the grand halls of the government-sponsored Ministry of Education exhibitions displayed a new type of Japanese painting (Nihonga). Preserving the ink and mineral pigments of traditional works, these paintings were monumental in scale, responding to the fashion set by European academic compositions. In style the pieces incorporated time-honored brush techniques, but they were also informed by western conventions of rendering space, light, and atmosphere. Dramatically many took the new modern Japan as their subject, including (as seen here) portraits of westernized Japanese engaged in fashionable pursuits.


1939, exhibited at the 3rd Shin Bunten and acquired from the artist by Hosokawa Rikizô; immediately after World War II, acquired by the Meguro Gajoen Museum; 2003, acquired by Kagedo Japanese Art, Seattle, WA; 2007, sold by Kagedo Japanese Art to the Museum.

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously