Maruyama Oju / Two Bulls / about 1810Maruyama Oju
Two Bulls
about 1810

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Creator Name: Oju, Maruyama
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1777 - 1815
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Maruyama Oju
Title: Two Bulls
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1820
Creation Date: about 1810
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: ink on paper
Dimensions: H.11-1/2 x W.12-3/4 in.
Inscriptions: INSCRIPTION
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.1.140
Credit Line: Bequest of Richard P. Gale

Oju was the second son of Maruyama Okyo, founder of the Maruyama school of artists who combined Japanese themes and painting techniques with elements of Western realism. Oju was a well-known painter of animals. Here, despite his use of the broad brush (hakeme), he convincingly conveys the animals lumbering bulk and musculature. This spontaneous, intuitive style also mirrored the popularity of haiku poetry. In fact, such paintings were often referred to as haiga or haiku painting.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.1.140
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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