wading heron

Kakunen Tsuruoka, 1892-1977

wading heron

ink and color on silk, signed Kakunen, ca. 1930s

10 1/2 by 3 in., 26.7 by 7.7 cm

Although Kakunen is consistently described as a self-taught artist in the few biographies provided by his family in publications that include examples of his work, his ability to paint on silk and his frequent use of tarashikomi, a pooled ink technique associated with the Rinpa style of painting, suggest at least some instruction or guidance with traditional Japanese painting methods. Branches of the Tsuruoka family have preserved some of the few extant paintings that use more expensive Japanese materials such as silver and gold leaf or silk.



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October 21, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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