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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)
Wild boar
Signed: Gyônen hachijûni ô (82) Zeshin
Seals: Shin
Technique: sumi on paper 119.2 x 28.7
Date: 1891
Mounting: cream gold brocade and brown silk 202 × 34.1
Box: Authorized by his pupil Shôji Chikushin (1854-1936)
Condition: sightly worn and creased, otherwise good

Box inscription: 是真翁筆猪之圖 可寬菴竹真鑒並題「印」有敬
Zeshin okina hitsu shishi nozu Kakanan Chikushin Kanheidai [seal:] Yûkei
Old man Zeshin painted this boar, Kakanan Chikushin wrote this

Zeshin was born in Edo, in a plebeian neighbourhood near the Ryôgoku bridge. His father sold bags and pouches. He becamea versatile and important artist; a good painter, print designer, a poet, but most of all the finest lacquer artist of the 19th century. As a painter he studied every major Japanese painting style.
In his youth, age 11, he was apprenticed to the workshop of the lacquerer Koma Kansai II (1766-1835), who was said to be the finest artist of the large Koma family. To improve his abilities as a designer he studied painting with Suzuki Nanrei (1775-1844) and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) in Edo and with Toyohiko (1773-1845) in Kyoto, where he also met with the circle around Rai San’yô (1780-1832). He also studied the works of the then recently deceased Rimpa artist Sakai Hôitsu (1761-1828) and his followers. In 1832 he received his name Zeshin from Nanrei and built him-self a studio looking out on a grove of willow trees and called it ‘Tairyûkyo’, Willow Facing Residence. In 1835 he succeeded Koma Kansai II as the head of the Koma School. To represent and advertise Japan in the West his paintings were sent to the Vienna international exhibition in 1873 and to Philadelphia in 1876.

Link 1979
Goka Chûshin 1974
Goka Chûshin 1980
Itabashi Ward Museum 1980

Price: EUR 1,000 / USD 1,070