RARE Josetsu "Catching Catfish with a gourd" Antique Woodblock Print. 9.5 x 10.5 inch Approx. Taiko Josetsu is usually considered as the father of Japanese painting. A Chinese immigrant, Josetsu arrived to Japan around 1370, and he was the first to introduce into the country the art of the great Chinese painters of his era.He was also the master of several Japanese painters of his time, as Tensho Shubun. "Catching cat-fish with a gourd" is without a doubt Josetsu's most famous work. The lovely painting, declared a National Treasure in Japan, shows a man who strives to catch an elusive catfish with a gourd.
The river landscape clearly shows the influence of the great Chinese painters such as Ma Yuan. The protagonists of the landscape are the mountains and streams. Even more characteristic is the concentration of the details in a very specific part of the painting. The accuracy and detail with which Josetsu painted the bamboos or the riverbanks contrast with the unfinished touch of the mountains on the background, partially obscured by the mist, like in the great landscape paintings of the Song Dynasty. Woodblock is bounded to thickboard, board is slightly arched.This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints". The seller is "printcustomprint" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Philippines, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands.