Study for [Talk on Ancient Romance] (Seikanji Temple)

Organization control number
KU-a045
Classification
Kuroda
Author
By Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924)
Era century
1895 (Meiji 28)
Item shape
Oil on wood panel
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
Kuroda was inspired to paint [Talk on Ancient Romance] when he travelled to Kyoto in 1893. There he heard a priest at Seikanji temple recount the tragic romance of Lady Kogo, a story from the Japanese classic, [The Tale of the Heike]. Kuroda completed this painting after preparing meticulous sketches and oil studies of each of its six figures. Unfortunately, the finished work was destroyed during the Second World War.