A Sneak Peek to the Israel Goldman Collection
The collection appeared more like glancing at the art of an illustrator and humorist than a fine artist, even though Kyosai is considered a close descendant of Hokusai.
Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889), one of Japan’s most prominent master painters, was known for his adventurous streak and amusing work throughout his lifetime. His influence can still be found in comics and tattoo art.
The Israel Goldman Collection at the Royal Academy
In Kyosai’s first UK show in nearly three decades, the Royal Academy is exhibiting a diverse assortment of his work from the art collection dealer Israel Goldman.
The artworks in the presentation are frequently political and employ animal metaphors to represent our fundamental tendencies.
Fashionable Picture of the Great Frog Battle
This painting is an analogy for a conflict between a Tokugawa-allied clan and the lords of the Choshu realm, a territory of Japan hostile to the Tokugawa authority.
A frog instructor instructs two frogs seated on a hardwood log while pointing to a lotus-leaf board chart. Japan developed a national educational system in 1872 and launched the very first elementary school in Tokyo, using Western teaching methods such as wall charts.
Skeleton Shamisen Player in Top-Hat with Dancing Monster
The image’s Top Hat alludes to Westerners’ presence in Japan and their eccentric clothing, while the Skeleton looks to be a visual reminder of our destiny.