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80. Hishida Shunsô (1874-1911)
Moon through a pine
Signed: Shunsô
Seals: Shunsô
Technique: sumi on silk 120 x 41
Mounting: green brocade
190 x 53.3
Box: signed double box
Condition: minor flaw, otherwise good

Shunsô was born in Nagano-ken. In 1895 he graduated from The Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied with Hashimoto Gahô (1835-1908). In 1898 with his former school director Okakura Tenshin (1863-1913) and some of his classmates they founded the Nihon Bijiutsuin. During 1903-1904 with his friend Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) they travelled to India, the U.S. and Europe. After their return they experimented with a style called môrôtai bossen, dimness style. no outlines and western manners like chiaroscuro (Clair-obscure).
In 1908 his eyesight start to deteriorate and he had to stop painting. After a brief recovery he died of a kidney disease in 1911 completely blind.

Conant p. 296-7
Taikan & Shunsô Otsu 1994

Price: EUR 4,250 / USD 4,250