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Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933)
Nihonga
Hikô zu - Swinging macaque looking for food
Signed: Shunkyo
Seals: Jinsô shufu sôko
Technique: sumi and red on paper 126.3 x 30.3
Mounting: gold decorated silk fabric and gold damask
210 x 43.1
Condition: very good

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. He studied painting with Nomura Bunkyo (1854-1911), but after Bunkyo moved to Tokyo in 1885, Shunkyo became a pupil of Mori Kansai (1814-1894). Together with Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931) he worked at Takashimaya department store where they created designs for export textiles. He studied photography and yôga (western-style oil painting). After 1900 he became one of the most successful Nihonga artists in Kyoto and his juku (private school) was as popular as that of Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). After his return to Shiga, his house and studio near Lake Biwa were located next-door to the Zezeyaki kiln, which he helped revive.

Reference:
Kyôto 1982
Shiga 1985
Shiga 2000
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 126-127
Conant pp. 330-331
Roberts p. 196

Price: EUR 750 / USD 855