Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
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Japanese vintage Sumi-e ink and wash painting of a "Fierce" Tiger, original signed by Japanese artist Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).

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Vintage Japanese Sumi-e ink and wash painting depicting a wild fierce tiger in his true nature by the prominent master painter and zen priest Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).

This Japanese painting (nihonga) dates from the mid-Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was done on a rectangular sheet of stiff Japanese shikishi paper with gold trim at the edges. The dimension that the artist gives to this work is really powerful, it seems that the tiger will pop out of the painting.

A wonderful candidate for framing and display as a perfect demonstration of the extraordinary power, versatility, and enduring appeal of this deceptively simple mode of painting.

Using only brush-applied black ink on paper this type of painting was introduced into Japan in the 14th century by Zen Buddhist monks visiting from China.

This type of art is particularly representative of Japanese culture which tends towards subtle representations of life and nature.

About the artist:

Gyokusei Jikihara or Naohara (August 1, 1904-September 30, 2005) is a Japanese painter, Zen priest, and poet.

Born in Akaiwa District, Okayama Prefecture (currently Akaiwa City), grew up on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. Graduated from Osaka Art School.

After being selected for the first time at the Imperial Art Exhibition, he was selected for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition 16 times. A leading figure in Nanga. Chairman of Japan Nanga Institute, Chairman of Contemporary Nanga Association, Director of Youth Culture Training Dojo, Chairman of Moriguchi City Art Association, Chairman of Seireisha, Chief of Obaku Sect Kokusei-ji Temple, Selected for Haiku Magazine "Early Spring" serve. Honorary citizen of Sumoto City, Honorary Citizen of Moriguchi City, Honorary Citizen of Minamiawaji City.

He contributed greatly to the apprenticeship works of Philip Kapleau for Zen culture and Michael Hofmann for the art of Sumi-e. Both are references in the art world and academia for their research Here is a link to watch an interesting video of Gyokusei Jikihara painting a mural in a Buddhist temple in Osaka, a video by Michael Hofman.

Size: Height: 10.5 inches (27 cm); Width: 9.4 inches (24 cm).

Please note that it is sold UNFRAMED.

Condition: This item is in very good vintage condition.