Maruyama Okyo’s peacocks


Peacock and Peahen (18th c.).

I’ve had an untitled Japanese painting of a peacock as a desktop image for a while now, its origin forgotten, and I’ve wondered a few times who the artist was. A recent posting about Maruyama Okyo (1733–1795) at Bajo el Signo de Libra made me think that Okyo might be the artist responsible. As it turns out, he wasn’t, my bird is by one of his pupils, Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754–1799), and looks like a copy of the picture below. Mystery solved anyway, and the search gives me a good excuse to link to some of Okyo paintings. These differed from the prevailing style of the period, Okyo having studied Western artists and their methods in order to produce work which was more realistic than that of his contemporaries.


Peony and Peacocks (1781).

A realist and an eccentric | Okyo and Rosetsu profiled.


Peacock (no date).

Previously on { feuilleton }
Louis Rhead’s peacocks
The White Peacock
Whistler’s Peacock Room
Beardsley’s Salomé

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