|Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942), Yagi Issô (1894-1973), Ganjirô Nakamura II (1902-1983)|
six cornered kashiki, bowl for sweets, Gourd plantSigned: Seihô & Ganjirô
Seals: Hô & Sô
Technique: Grey cracled glazed Kyoyaki with an underglaze painting Ø 21,7 (20,7) x 8,9
Box: Signed by the potter.
Seihô was one of the last very important and famous Maruyama-Shijô style painters.
He was an extremely skilful painter, which earned him fame and a lot of pupils. He entered Bairei's studio at the age of 16 and already in the following year he won his first prize at an exhibition, which is a rare for such a young artist.
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 in any general book on modern Japanese painting:
Roberts p. 171
Araki p. 1633
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 130-137
Conant pp. 322-323
Isso Yagi, traditional Kyoto potter.
Ganjirō Nakamura was a famous Japanese Kabuki and film actor. He appeared in 48 films between 1957 and 1982.