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Go Shun (1752-1811) & Hôbin (..-..)
Sekitei (Chin. Guan Yu), (Shôki)
Signed: Sha oite Gozan bashi Kokyô Go Shun & Written to honour my elder brotherLi Gai, Hôbin
Seals: Go Shun noin
Technique: red (and sumi) on paper 124 x 39,1
Date: May 5 in the summer of 1785
Mounting: bronze blue damask
wooden rollers, 180 x 42
Box: Authorized double box by Go Shun’s brother Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843)
Condition: very good

Audacious generals and loyal ministers who are worried about the dangers to the State. Wise men talk about them as persons without equals. Heroes who fell during major disasters are the incorruptible souls of the brave dead and who are now still the ones who seize the traitors by the collar and who protect family and state as if they are patron gods.

Shôki, the demon queller, goblin catcher, is one of the symbols used for boys day, 5th day of the 5th month. This aka-e, or red picture is an amulet to keep contaminating diseases with red rashes out of the house.
Compare a similar one from 1786 which is illustrated in Suzuki Shin, Haiga in the Edo Period, Vol 11 # 54.

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.

Itsuo 1982
Rosenfield B.52
Roberts p. 34
Araki pp. 845-850