Three volumes. The first series had appeared in two volumes in 1779, but as usual the works are completely separate and independent. The first series of the Kanga Shinan had been illustrated by Kanyosai, not by Bumpo. This is much more than a painting manual of course. It includes studies of tree forms, house building, leaves; many pages of figures closely observed, not merely demonstrating ways to draw them, and taking part in all kinds of activities from calligraphy to painting to garden pruning or, more familiarly, leaning on a garden broom doing nothing, and kite-flying - almost such scenes as Hokusai showed in the Mangwa. Then we have a splendid series of the Hangchow lake scenery with the most delicate of color tints for outline and background; and a volume of strongly drawn scenes of mountain, shrine, wood, rock, cultivation and temple. Color is always used delicately in these books as light hint of tint rather than brilliant prominence. Original pale yellow and pale green covers, title labels. Mitchell, page 335; Holloway, figure 121 (final figure of his book).
First series, one volume. Fine copy with the original embossed geometric blue covers in good condition and also the title label, as described by Mitchell, page 227. Bumpo lived from 1779 to 1821 in Kyoto. Mitchell writes 'Skilled at landscape and figures, his fame was equal to that of Ganku and he occupied a position in relation to Ganku similar to that of Rosetsu in relation to Okyo'. Holloway describes and reproduces him amply. This fine album with its bold line and outline shows across double pages both peaceful and complex compositions, generally using pale color, sometimes semi comic or more often simply pastoral, and occasionally devoting the composition to a sprig of plum blossom or a bird on a twig of willow. The colors are quietly and subtly handled, the range very wide. Hillier has a lot to say about Bumpo in his Chapter 11, page 232 onwards, and reproduces rather inadequately several examples from this book.
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Kawamura Bumpo | Gafu | 1807 | Zucker Art Books
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