Artist of the moment…….Maruyama Okyo

 

 

Maruyama Okyo was a highly renown Japanese realist painter. Maruyama Okyo was born in 1733 in Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan. His birth name was Maruyama Masataka. The artist was born into a family of farmers.

As a teenager he moved to the big city of Kyoto and found work at a toy shop. This is where he became introduced to Western art as the toy shop sold what was then a leading edge piece of technology, the stereoscope. This machine allowed artists to produce great works in three dimensions with great perspective.

He pursued art as a profession and studied former master painters and prints. He also came under the tutelage of Ishidi Yutei.

The artist used his own mix of Western and Eastern painting philosophies and started his own school named the Maruyama School of Painting that was based in Kyoto, Japan.

Okyo was also among the first artist to paint the nude from life. This style of art was seen as pornographic by most of the population.

Maruyama Okyo passed away in 1795. Over his lengthy career the artist completed man commissions for members of government and the royal family.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 to $1 million dollars.

In this clip we view many works by Okyo from a show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The part of the clip containing his artwork begins at 3:25 of the segment:

Many fellow artists were critical of Okyo’s style, they felt it was too dedicated to realism with no sense of artistic license.

I enjoy the artist highly detailed watercolors, especially the landscapes. Okyo had a great sense of design and made wonderful use of the negative space in his paintings.

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