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Shoun Yamamoto - SOLD

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Artist: Shoun Yamamoto
Title:
Rain Shower on the Riverside
Date:
c. 1930s
Size:  o-hosoban, approx. 14.9" x 6.75"
Condition: VG, uncirculated print, never framed, "Made in Japan" stamped on verso
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: from the Robert O. Muller estate

About Yamamoto Shoun
Little is known of Yamamoto Shoun beyond the large body of work he created during the late Meiji, Taisho and early Showa eras. Although his style was always distinctly modern compared to ukiyo-e, his work is clearly transitional between the styles of the ukiyo-e tradition and that of the shin hanga artists. Today he is primarily remembered for his portraits of late Meiji-era bijin ("beautiful women"), however he also left us a large number of landscapes and kacho-e that were probably part of the inspiration for the early shin hanga prints. Shoun was born in Kochi City in 1870 and by the age of 17 had moved to Tokyo where he studied nanga painting with Taki Watei. Around the age of 20 he worked as an illustrator for Fugoku gaho, a pictorial journal of popular places in Tokyo. Shoun died at the age of 85 in 1965.