Chinese lions | Kano Eitoku | Late 16th century

Chinese lions | Kano Eitoku | Late 16th century

Chinese lions | Kano Eitoku | Late 16th century

I really didn’t find much information about this work. I think that today I’m going to end with the series of extremely long post that we were having, so I’m just going to make a short and precise post.

Despite the place of the origin of the lions, Kano Eitoku was born in Kyoto, Japan. He was the grandson of Kano Motonobu, the official painter of the Ashikaga shogunate, a very famous and recognized artist.  

Eitoku had several different patrons that, according to the words of contemporaries of him, he was a very required artist in his time. His way to work was called monumental style, characterized by the fast and bold brushstrokes, with the emphasize put on the foreground.

In Chinese lions, we should see a couple of lions. But, as the reader would know, there are no lions in China because the generally live in the African savanna. So, I can guess that the animals we are looking at are tigers. Although the clarification is a little irrelevant as both animals seem more like dragons than anything else. However, I think all animals in asian painting look like dragons, don’t you think?

The painted slide reflects in the foreground two wild figures, with their eyes wide open in anger. There are two things that caught my attention: on one hand, the fur of the animals in the heads, paws and tails; on the other, the technique Kano uses to give texture to their bodies, as it seems that he used a circular template to do it. The lions seem to be at the top of a cliff, because of the canyon we see more at the right which, of course, suffers from a disproportionate scale and failed perspective.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on September 10, 2010.

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