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17. Go Shun (1752-1811)
Shijô
Two crows in the snow on an old tree under full moon
Signed: Go Shun
Seals: Sompaku noin
Technique: sumi and a touch of red on silk 111 x 49
Mounting: brown gold damask and green gold damask
ivory rollers, 206 x 63,3
Box: double
Condition: a little toned, otherwise good

Comp: Japanese paintings in Canadian collections, Victoria 1984, # 86a

Go Shun and Maruyama Ôkyo (1733-95) were the most influential painters of the Kansai district.
In 1772 Go Shun went to Yosa Buson (1716-84) to study Buson’s typical Nanga style as well as haiga, a sketchy painting style related to haiku poetry. In 1782 he took the name Go Shun, reserving his earlier Gekkei for haiga paintings.
Ôkyo and Go Shun became good friends. After Ôkyo's death in 1795, Go Shun was asked to take over the Maruyama School but he founded his own, the Shijô School, instead.

Reference:
Itsuo 1982
Rosenfield B.52
Kyoto '98: pp. 278-279
French ‘74 pp. 32-34
Hillier '74 pp. 34-57
Roberts p. 34
Araki pp. 845-850

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