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15. Nishiyama Hôen (1804-1867)
View of a village on a bay
Signed: Hôen
Seals: Shitatsu
Technique: sumi & light colours on paper 102,7 x 24,6
Mounting: blue gold damask & sand coloured silk
wooden rollers, 174 x 26,5
Condition: very good

Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845) and Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843) were the two leading painters (and painting teachers) in the Maruyama-Shijô style of the 19th century.
Whereas Bunrin (# 16) studied with Toyohiko, Hôen studied with Keibun. Hôen, Bunrin, and their contemporaries Nikka (# 18), Zeshin (# 24) and Mori Ippô (1798-1871) were Shijô painters of the highest rank.

"Hôen, like his teacher, was specialized in kachôga. “He had all the skill in the world in his brush, but a lack of assertiveness or gusto prevented him from exploiting it in such way as to carry us of our feet." Hillier.

Roberts p. 46
Araki p. 1015
Hillier ‘74 p. 328 (# 256-258)