Ryuson Chuso Matsuyama (1880-1954)
A group of 3 watercolours of buildings in a landscape, 1928-1930:
a: Farm at Rustington, West Sussex, Dawn; 191 mm x 276 mm; watercolour on cream paper, signed and dated, bottom left R C Matsuyama 1930, the corners with adhesive residue and pin holes. Verso inscribed in pencil Rustington / 5 – 8 – 30.
b: Cottages on a Hill; 178 mm x 255 mm; watercolour on cream paper, signed and dated bottom left R C Matsuyama 1928. Verso with some adhesive residue at corners.
c: Farm in Moonlight; 178 mm x 255 mm; watercolour chalk and pencil on cream paper, signed and dated, bottom left, R C Matsuyama 1928. Verso with tape residue at corners.
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. Matsuyama remained in England throughout his life, and became a naturalised British citizen in 1947.
Matsuyama’s work evidences a real fondness for the people and landscapes of his adopted country.This group of varied views of buildings in their landscapes has been selected to give some idea of his range and his ability to conjure atmosphere and a sense of place. The broad and freely painted Farm at Rustington is quite different from the precisely drawn cow, its form defined by moonlight as it grazes in front of the looming farm buildings, while suggestions of daily life – smoke rising from chimneys and washing hanging out in a garden, a scatter of flowers – enliven the silhouettes of cottages in a typically richly-textured painting.
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