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27. Yamamoto Shôun (1870-1965)
Omi hakkei - Eight views of Lake Biwa, Murasaki Shikibu getting inspired
Signed: Shôun
Seals: Shôun
Technique: colours and gold on silk 126,5 x 41
Date: 1910s
Mounting: bronze damask and beige silk
wooden rollers, 210,5 x 54,7
Box: authorized in 1981 by Tanomura Chokugai (1903-1997)
Condition: lightly toned, soiled at the top and bottom of the mounting, still in good

After she left the court around 1010, the Heian poetess Murasaki Shikibu (c. 978 – c. 1014), author of ’Genji monogatari’ (The tale of Prince Genji), is said to have retired at Lake Biwa.

Shôun studied Nanga painting with Taki Katei (1830-1901). At the same time, he worked as an illustrator for the magazine Fûzoku gahô focussing on ‘popular places in Tokyo’. After 1902 he participated in a large number of exhibitions including the Bunten and the Teiten.

Roberts p. 196