Each panel signed and sealed (respectively at lower left and upper right) Seiki, with a seal Ki
Born in Osaka in 1883 with the birth name Kizaburō, Nishimura Seiki graduated from Tokyo School of Art in 1906 and became a pupil of Terasaki Kōgyō (1866–1919). He exhibited three times at the Bunten National Exhibition, in 1911, 1913 (prizewinner), and 1917 (the present painting); participated in the revival of the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) in 1914; exhibited at the special exhibition in commemoration of Prince Shōtoku (1926); and instructed the famous painter and printmaker Itō Shinsui (1898-1972).
Nishimura Seiki’s early emphasis on figure subjects reflected the influence of his teacher Terasaki Kōgyō, but during his mature period he gravitated toward pure landscape with a preference for autumnal scenes in mountain settings where human figures play a subsidiary (but significant) role, as with the tiny figure by the mountain stream in the left-hand panel. Nishimura exploits to the full the rich, warm tones of the mineral pigments and shell gesso that characterize painting in the neo-nativist Nihonga manner, achieving an atmospheric blend of traditional East Asian compositional techniques with touches of Western perspective and impressionistic brushwork, enlivened by expressive use of color.
Bunten Exhibition, Tokyo, fall 1917
Other Published Works:
Dōtonbori, depicting a boating scene in downtown Osaka, set in the Edo period (1615–1868)
Nittenshi Hensan Iinkai 日展史編纂委員会 (Nittenshi Editorial Committee), Nittenshi 2 日展史 2 (History of the National Salon 2), Bunten hen 2 文展編二 (The Bunten Exhibition, Part 2), Tokyo, Nitten 日展, 1980, no. 63 (pp. 215, 250)
Kyorai (Coming and Going), pair of two-panel folding screens depicting a figure beneath a tree in fall; Fumoto no aki (Fall in the foothills), an agricultural scene
Nittenshi Hensan Iinkai 日展史編纂委員会 (Nittenshi Editorial Committee), Nittenshi 3日展史 3 (History of the National Salon 3), Bunten hen 3 文展編三 (The Bunten Exhibition, Part 3), Tokyo, Nitten 日展, 1980, nos. 51, 52 (pp. 42, 107, 108)
Iinkai 日展史編纂委員会 (Nittenshi Editorial Committee), Nittenshi 5 日展史 5 (History of the National Salon 5), Bunten hen 5 文展編五 (The Bunten Exhibition, Part 5), Tokyo,
1981, no. 105 (pp. 34, 98)