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b. 1912 - d. 1998

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      • MORITA SHIRYŪ (1912-1999) Kai ('Break') Showa era (1926-1989), dated 1970
        Mar. 22, 2023

        MORITA SHIRYŪ (1912-1999) Kai ('Break') Showa era (1926-1989), dated 1970

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        MORITA SHIRYŪ (1912-1999) Kai ('Break') Showa era (1926-1989), dated 1970 Ink brushed on paper, mounted on a board, the reverse bearing the artist's label, titled Kai in Chinese characters, signed Morita Shiryū dated 1970 and sealed 15 3/8 x 23 1/4in (39 x 59cm)

        Bonhams
      • MORITA SHIRYU (1912-1998) Megumi (Grace), 1970 Ink on paper; framed 12 3/8
        Dec. 14, 2021

        MORITA SHIRYU (1912-1998) Megumi (Grace), 1970 Ink on paper; framed 12 3/8

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        MORITA SHIRYU (1912-1998) Megumi (Grace), 1970 Ink on paper; framed 12 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (31.4 x 40 cm.) without frame

        Christie's
      • Shiryu Morita (1912-1998) Dragon Knows Dragon (「龍知龍」Ryu wa ryu o shiru)1989
        Oct. 15, 2021

        Shiryu Morita (1912-1998) Dragon Knows Dragon (「龍知龍」Ryu wa ryu o shiru)1989

        Est: £65,000 - £85,000

        Shiryu Morita (1912-1998) Dragon Knows Dragon (「龍知龍」Ryu wa ryu o shiru) 1989 signed and titled in Japanese, dated 1989, and stamped with the artist's seal on the artist's label affixed to the reverse aluminium flake pigment in polyvinyl acetate medium and alkyd varnish on paper, mounted as a folding screen 161 by 321 cm. 63 3/8 by 126 3/8 in. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • SHIRYU MORITA (1912-1998) Tadayou, 1964. Laque. Signée, cachet, datée et
        Jun. 16, 2021

        SHIRYU MORITA (1912-1998) Tadayou, 1964. Laque. Signée, cachet, datée et

        Est: €50,000 - €70,000

        SHIRYU MORITA (1912-1998) Tadayou, 1964. Laque. Signée, cachet, datée et titrée au dos. Lak. Gesigneerd, gestempeld, gedateerd en getiteld op de achterkant. 78.5 x 108 cm

        Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
      • MORITA SHIRYU (1912-1998) - Choo (Conspicuousness), 1969
        Sep. 22, 2020

        MORITA SHIRYU (1912-1998) - Choo (Conspicuousness), 1969

        Est: $50,000 - $70,000

        MORITA SHIRYU (1912-1998) Choo (Conspicuousness), 1969 31 1/8 x 62 in. (79.1 x 157.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Large calligraphy panel with the Chinese character „ki“ (Tree)
        Jun. 27, 2020

        Large calligraphy panel with the Chinese character „ki“ (Tree)

        Est: €70,000 - €90,000

        Large calligraphy panel with the Chinese character „ki“ (Tree) in cursive script. Aluminum paste on layers of black paper, coated with transparent lacquer. On the reverse the artist’s paper label with handwritten title, measurements, date of 1989, signed Morita Shiryû in ink and sealed. Framed. Morita Shiryu was born in Toyooka, Hyôgo Prefecture. From the year 1935 he studied calligraphy under master Ueda Sôkyô in Tokyo, followed by Tajima Yukei. In 1948 he founded the magazine "Sho no bi", which was replaced by "Bokubi" in 1950. In this magazine artists would deal with Western art and emphasize the abstract beauty of ink forms. Abstract art however, could not achieve what one can express with a single character. Living in Kyoto since 1950, morita Shiryu had found his spiritual teacher in the Zen philosopher Hisamatsu Shin'ichi. They founded the Bokujinkai (ink man group), to which Inoue Yûichi also belonged. Morita found his own style around 1960: spiritedly painted characters, exploding in broad strokes and into splashes. Movement becomes form. The content and the deep meaning of a character were the starting point for him. In the mid-1960s (until the 1980s) he began to experiment with new materials including aluminium paste on several layers of black paper. The surface was then covered with natural lacquer, whose yellowish tint gave the characters a golden hue. The aluminium paste, which necessarily had a past-like effect, allowed the brush movement to be clearly expressed. It increased the line and added a sense of space. Around 1965 he also developed the technique of writing in black on gold leaf. RefPai12620

        Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
      • Morita Shiryu (1912-1998) Ryu wa ryu o shiru (Dragon knows dragon), 1967
        Sep. 11, 2019

        Morita Shiryu (1912-1998) Ryu wa ryu o shiru (Dragon knows dragon), 1967

        Est: $60,000 - $80,000

        Morita Shiryu (1912-1998) Ryu wa ryu o shiru (Dragon knows dragon), 1967 Large four-panel screen with three characters brushed in aluminum flake pigment in polyvinyl acetate medium and yellow alkyd varnish on paper Artist's certificate on reverse titled Ryu wa ryu o shiru (Dragon knows dragon), signed Morita Shiryu, sealed Sei no in and dated 1967 44 1/2 x 88 3/16in (113 x 224cm) Footnotes Provenance Previously sold, Butterfield and Butterfield, San Francisco, November 16-17, 1994, lot 2314 Inspired by an elementary-school teacher to assume the name Shiryu, literally "Child Dragon," Morita used the three characters seen on this lot as the subject for the first major calligraphy he exhibited overseas, at the fifth São Paulo Bienal in 1959, and would continue to produce variations on this theme for much of the rest of his career, often in characters that are so barely readable as to resemble contemporary Western works of abstract art. Each calligraphy was a personal expression of Morita's commitment to the Buddhist principle of self-knowledge, as well as an assertion of his dragon-like artistic ability.

        Bonhams
      • MORITA SHIRYU | Kanzan - Han-shan (folding screen)
        Mar. 31, 2018

        MORITA SHIRYU | Kanzan - Han-shan (folding screen)

        Est: $1,000,000 - $2,000,000

        signed and titled in Japanese, dated  1969 and marked with one artist's seal on a label affixed to the reverse

        Sotheby's
      • Shiryu Morita (1912-1999 Japanese)
        Apr. 25, 2017

        Shiryu Morita (1912-1999 Japanese)

        Est: $10,000 - $20,000

        Abstract dragon, inscribed, dated and with the artist's chop mark on an artist's label affixed verso: 1964, lacquer on panel, 62'' H x 31.25'' W, est: $10,000/20,000. Note: Framed size: 63.25'' H x 32.5'' W x 1.5'' D.

        John Moran Auctioneers
      • MORITA SHIRYU | Rai 
        Apr. 03, 2017

        MORITA SHIRYU | Rai 

        Est: $40,000 - $60,000

        signed and titled in Japanese, marked with one artist's seal and dated 1964 on the label affixed to the reverse, framed

        Sotheby's
      • MORITA SHIRYU | Kyoku (Extreme)
        Apr. 04, 2016

        MORITA SHIRYU | Kyoku (Extreme)

        Est: $50,000 - $80,000

        signed and titled in Japanese, marked with one artist's seal on a label affixed to the reverse, framed

        Sotheby's
      • MORITA SHIRYU | Kame (Turtle - Symbol of Longevity)
        Apr. 03, 2016

        MORITA SHIRYU | Kame (Turtle - Symbol of Longevity)

        Est: $150,000 - $250,000

        signed, titled in Japanese and dated 1965 on a label affixed to the reverse, framed

        Sotheby's
      • Morita Shiryu (1912-1998 Tatsu (Dragon, 1967
        Sep. 17, 2013

        Morita Shiryu (1912-1998 Tatsu (Dragon, 1967

        Est: -

        Morita Shiryu (1912-1998 Tatsu (Dragon, 1967

        Bonhams
      • Buch Roger Caillois und Shiryu Morita,
        Jun. 12, 2010

        Buch Roger Caillois und Shiryu Morita,

        Est: - €800

        Buch Roger Caillois und Shiryu Morita, In/Chiffres. Zwei Bücher mit Gedichten in japanischer Übersetzung aus dem Französischen, eine Mappe mit acht Offset-Drucken nach Kalligraphien von Morita. The Zauho Press, Tokyo 1978. Nr. 82 von ...

        Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
      • [ XXXXX ] 601095 A Japanese Lacquer Panel Shiryu Morita (Japanese, 1912-1999) 1967 Lacquered panel Marks: paper label with title in Kanji, size, date, artist and seal mark, Sawa Ragi-Cho Kuromon-Higashi Kamikyo-Ku, Kyoto 29.72 in. x 40.9 in. The gold
        Oct. 20, 2006

        [ XXXXX ] 601095 A Japanese Lacquer Panel Shiryu Morita (Japanese, 1912-1999) 1967 Lacquered panel Marks: paper label with title in Kanji, size, date, artist and seal mark, Sawa Ragi-Cho Kuromon-Higashi Kamikyo-Ku, Kyoto 29.72 in. x 40.9 in. The gold

        Est: -

        [ XXXXX ] 601095 A Japanese Lacquer Panel Shiryu Morita (Japanese, 1912-1999) 1967 Lacquered panel Marks: paper label with title in Kanji, size, date, artist and seal mark, Sawa Ragi-Cho Kuromon-Higashi Kamikyo-Ku, Kyoto 29.72 in. x 40.9 in. The gold and black lacquer panel reminiscent of Dragon knows dragon, with a bold calligraphic quality

        Heritage Auctions
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