It was AMAZING!! I'm finding this more and more recently but old Japanese Paintings (nihonga) which look kind of same-same and a bit bland in books and catalogues are something else entirely when you see them in real life.
For one thing, it's the sheer SCALE of these works! They are huge! You can't compare standing in a corner of the library looking at a small reproduction of a Lion painting in book to being face to face with an enormous painting of a Lion on a gold leaf covered folding screen.
|Not just any Lion, a HUGE lion! This screen was over 2 metres tall. circa 1901|
|Another massive screen. Actually this was a pair of screens. Elephant 1904.|
|Young Deer Gathering 1924.|
|hard to see but they are oh so fluffy|
|"Historic Spot of Rome, 1903"|
Takeuchi also often used birds as motifs in his paintings and I thought they were really dynamic. He managed to depict them true to life, in the sense that he did piles and piles of sketches and drew them anatomically correctly but painted them with a looseness and energy too.
|Detail of Sparrows in the Snow.|
|"The Pleasantness of Autumn" 1927|