FANTASTIC ANTIQUE BRONZE FIGURE OF A PEASANT MAN BY UDAGAWA KAZUO
Height: 20¼ inches / 51.5 cm
Width: 27¾ inches / 70.5 cm
Depth: 17½ inches / 44.5 cm
Height: 3¼ inches / 8.3 cm
Width: 29½ inches / 74.9 cm
Depth: 17¼ inches / 43.8 cm
Stock number: 01CW6722/716
A fantastic naturalistically cast signed Tokyo school bronze of a peasant man sitting on a fallen tree branch eating his meal, holding a pair of chop sticks and a cup in his right hand and a woven basket of food in his left, with marvellous detail to the facial expression with dark green patination, all displayed on a lovely rootwood stand. The signature reads Udagawa Kazuo sei zo and the top line, Japanese Foundry. Udagawa was a top bronze Tokyo School sculptor working circa 1890 – 1910.
His original name was UDAGAWA Sutejiro, ??????, which he used on his work until 1906. He exhibited at the third (1890) and fifth (1903) Inland Industrial Exhibition (Naikoku kangyo hakurankai) — in both cases using his earlier name Udagawa Sutejiro. In 1906 he adopted his new art name Udagawa Kazuo. He exhibited at major exhibitions abroad: Paris Great Expo in 1900, Paris Great Expo in 1900, Paris Great Expo in 1900, St Louise Exposition in 1904, St Louise Exposition in 1904, Great Britain and Japan Exposition in London in 1910, and Great Britain and Japan Exposition in London in 1910.
His bronze work is in a collection in the Japanese Art Department of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.