A King­dom of Colour

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It is a del­i­cate jour­ney of man­darin ducks in the snow, a white pea­cock and pe­onies be­neath a pine and an ex­quis­ite ar­ray of seashells. The Pe­tit Palais is pre­sent­ing, for the first time in Europe, through an ex­cep­tional loan from the Im­pe­rial col­lec­tions of Ja­pan, the en­sem­ble of 30 rolls by the Ja­pa­nese artist Itō Jakuchū painted be­tween ap­prox­i­mately 1757 and 1766. The set of works, en­ti­tled Dōshoku­sai-e mean­ing the Colour­ful Realm of Liv­ing Be­ings, which also lends its name to the ti­tle of the show, is re­garded as the mas­ter­piece of this artist who was a whole­saler of fruits and veg­eta­bles be­fore de­vot­ing him­self to his pas­sion, paint­ing, at the age of 40. The frag­ile, re­fined and beau­ti­fully coloured works are be­ing pre­sented within the con­text of the Japon­ismes 2018 sea­son in France mark­ing 160 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween France and Ja­pan. - P.V. Show­ing through to Oc­to­ber 14th Av­enue Win­ston Churchill (8th), 01 53 43 40 00

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