Monday, November 29, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Jakuchu

From April 16 through June 12, 2011, The Etsuko and Joe Price Collection will exhibit the works of Ito Jakuchu at The Bowers Museum. This new exhibit will introduce you to one of the collection’s greatest assets – a man considered by many to be one of the greatest artists that ever lived, though for the most part, those outside of Japan have never heard his name.  His name is Ito Jakuchu.  Born in Japan in 1715, he was a vegetable seller and a Buddhist monk, all the while living a life devoted to illuminating the beauty of nature with the magical stroke of the artist’s brush, but he took his brush beyond just skill, making him different from all others.  His works are diverse and so coupled with the heart of nature that they seem ageless and can appeal to people from all walks of life – no scholarly explanations needed.  His paintings have left their mark, a stroke far beyond the capabilities of ordinary men.  


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