Two carp swimming in a pool

Watanabe Nangaku was an outstanding pupil of Maruyama Ōkyo in Kyoto. From there he took Ōkyo’s new naturalistic style to Edo, where he taught for about three years between 1802 and 1810. He was an eclectic and versatile painter, particularly excelling in bijinga (pictures of beautiful women). He was most famous for his impromptu sketches but also earned a reputation for realistic and carefully brushed paintings of turtles and carp.


Further reading

Katz, Janice, Japanese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with an introductory essay by Oliver Impey (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), supp. no. 84 on p. 229, illus. p. 229 fig. 84

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