|27. Yamamoto Shôun (1870-1965)|
Omi hakkei - Eight views of Lake Biwa, Murasaki Shikibu getting inspiredSigned: Shôun
Technique: colours and gold on silk 126,5 x 41
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