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Go Shun (1752-1811)
Set of 2 handscrolls - 36 miscalleneous subjects
Seals: Go Shun
Technique: sumi and light colours on paper .. x 27.8
Box: inscribed by Matsubara Kindai (dates unknown) in autumn 1818
Condition: some wormage

This pair of hand scrolls by Go Shun originally came from the collection of the painter Hôgen Azuma Tôyô (1755-1839) from Sendai. Tôyô was an important pupil and friend of Go Shun. The first scroll he gave to Matsubara Kindai in the spring of 1817 and the second scroll in the summer of 1818.

Go Shun and Maruyama Ôkyo (1733-95) were the most influential painters of the Kansai district.
In 1772 Go Shun went to Yosa Buson (1716-84) to study Buson’s typical Nanga style as well as haiga, a sketchy painting style related to haiku poetry. In 1782 he took the name Go Shun, reserving his earlier Gekkei for haiga paintings.
Ôkyo and Go Shun became good friends. After Ôkyo's death in 1795, Go Shun was asked to take over the Maruyama School but he founded his own, the Shijô School, instead.

Itsuo 1982
Rosenfield B.52
Kyoto '98: pp. 278-279
French ‘74 pp. 32-34
Hillier '74 pp. 34-57
Roberts p. 34
Araki pp. 845-850