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Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933)
Wakamatsu, Pine shoots
Signed: Shunkyo
Seals: unread
Technique: sumi on paper 125 x 30.9
Mounting: grey pine needle decorated damask
196 x 45
Box: Double box authorized by his pupil Kawamura Manshu (1880-1942 )
Condition: very good

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. When he moved to Kyoto he studied painting with Nomura Bunkyo (1854-1911). When 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 creating designs for export textiles. He studied photography and yoga, Western-style oil painting. After 1900 he became one of the most successful Nihonga artists in Kyoto and his juku (private teaching school) was as popular as the one of Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). As a teacher at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and the Kyoto Municipal Special school of Painting he presented himself as a modernist, wearing dark western suits, (brushes peeking out of his pockets) and wearing a rose on his lapel. When the Bunten, the yearly government exhibition made its start in 1907 Shunkyo was appointed jury member.

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