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Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843) & Shibata Gitô (1780-1819)
Plum twig in front of crescent moon
Signed: Keibun & Gitô
Seals: Keibun & Gitô Ichû
Technique: sumi on paper 29 x 57,5
Mounting: gey crushed paper and yellow blue decorated paper
dark wooden rollers, 117,5 x 65,3
Condition: a few stains at the bottom of the mounting, otherwise very good

Keibun was 27 years younger than his brother Go Shun (1752-1811). Go Shun had taken care of Keibun's education and after his death in 1811, Keibun inherited the studio on Shijô Street. Together with Toyohiko (1773-1845) they were to carry on the Shijô school, Keibun specializing in kachôga, birds and flowers, and Toyohiko in landscape painting. From 1818 to his death Keibun was one of Kyoto’s leading artists and he educated many talented pupils who became well-known artists.

Roberts p. 74
Araki p. 2948
Hillier pp. 126-136
Kyoto '98 p. 292 (# 3-42, 43, 44, 4-1, 3, 6, 8, 12, 13, 18, 5-17, 21)

Gitô was a pupil of Go Shun (1752-1811). He became an important member of the Shijô School. His early death precluded him from becoming at least as important as Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843) and Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845).

Roberts p.32
Araki p. 2210
Hillier' 74 pp. 145-147
Kyoto '98 p. 280 (# 4-12)