Elective Affinities IX

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou

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Granted, Japanese woodblock prints are not the first thing that comes to mind when one considers the paintings of roosters by Portuguese painter Moura Girão (1840-1916), one of the ‘naturalists’ of the Grupo do Leão. But the association here was immediate, to the point that it had me wondering about the reception of contemporary (nineteenth-century) Japanese prints in Portugal. A path worth pursuing, perhaps?

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Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889), A True Picture of the Fierce Live Tiger Never Seen from the Past to the Present, 1860. Color woodblock print; 14 x 9 ¾ NYC – from the Japan Society exhibition “Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection” (Mar 13 – Jun 7, 2015)

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Moura Girão, A Rooster, signed and dated 1885, oil on wood, 28.5 x 18.7 cm, Museu de José Malhoa, Caldas da Rainha (photo © José Pessoa, 1997)

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