Ryuson Chuso Matsuyama (1880-1954)
A Collection of 5 watercolours:
a:Rooftops against an evening sky, dated on the reverse 10-5-47, 150 x 205 mm
b: Amberley, West Sussex, signed and dated R C Matsuyama 1945, annotated and dated on the reverse: Amberley 25-6-45, 177 x 255 mm
c: A Rain-washed landscape, signed and dated R C Matsuyama 1926, 176 x 253 mm
d: Leath Hill, Surrey, signed and dated R C Matsuyama 1930, annotated and dated on the reverse: 14-6-30 Leath hill, 190 x 274 mm
e: Amberley Castle, West Sussex, signed and dated R C Matsuyama 1931, dated on the reverse 13-7-31, 198 x 277 mm
This group of works has been specifically selected to represent a range of Matsuyama’s free and engaging watercolour repertoire; in particular his love of the landscapes of south eastern England, his use of rich colour and the ability to conjure a sense of weather and atmosphere.
All works are sold loose, unframed and unmounted.
Ryuson Matsuyama was a member of an important group of Japanese artists working in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. His richly-worked watercolour landscapes of London and southern England gained great popularity with both British and Japanese ex-patriot audiences. This village street scene is probably located around Holmwood or Dorking in Surrey, where the Matsuyama family lived during the 1920s, and which was frequently the subject of Mr Matsuyama’s work.
Matsuyama remained in England throughout his life, and became a naturalised British citizen in 1947.
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