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68. Shimomura Izan (1865-1949)
Nihonga
Shuro - Hemp palm
Signed: Izan sha
Seals: Izan
Technique: sumi on paper 127 x 26.4
Mounting: pale blue damask
194 x 38.8
Condition: fine

Izan was born in Matsuyama, Shikoku. In 1890 he moved to Tokyo where he studied Western paintings with Kinkichiro Honda (1850-1921) and Shotaro Koyama (1857-1916). He showed with the Meiji Bijutsukai in 1889 and 1891.
After he met with Shiki Masaoka (1867-1902) with whome he studied haiku Izan switched from Western-style painting to haiga. and became well-known as a haiga artist. Together with Maruyama Banka (1867-1942) he founded the Shin Nihonga Kyōkai (New Society for Japanese-Style Painting).

Reference:
Norio Haiku, “Paintings of modern age” p. 237 (# 117)

Price: EUR 750 / USD 750