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64. Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942)
Nihonga / Bizen
Bamboo bush
Signed: Seihô saku
Seals: Seihô
Technique: wheel turned Bizenyaki, dark red earthen ware from Okayama, glazed on the inside and with a knife incised decoration of a bamboo bush on the outside Ø 23 x 37
Box: authorized by his pupil Yamamoto Kôun (1896-1993)
Condition: a repair mark in the bottom, otherwise very good

Seihô was one of the last important and famous painters in the Maruyama-Shijô style; one of those exceptionally talented pupils of Kôno Bairei. Only 17 years old he already won his first prize at an exhibition, rare for such a young artist. As a painter he was extremely skilful, which earned him fame and a great number of pupils.

He eagerly studied all different styles. In 1900 he went to Europe for six months to get acquainted with western painting. On his return he changed the first character "Sei" of his name into a character meaning "West". His two trips to China in 1920 and 1921 meant another enrichment to his painting. His flexibility in styles and the flamboyantly virtuoso way he handled his brush meant in the eyes of some critics that his craftsmanship reduced his artistic abilities.

next to a number of monographs
Roberts p. 171
Aburai p. 234 ff.
Araki p. 1633
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 130-137
Conant pp. 322-323