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Oka Yûgaku (1762-1834)
Sei Shônagon
Signed: Yûgaku
Seals: Yûgaku
Technique: colours on paper 93,6 x 28
Mounting: cream damask
red lacquered rollers, 175 x 38,6
Condition: worn, restored, newly mounted, in good

Sei Shōnagon (lesser councilor of state Sei), (c. 966–1017/1025) was a Japanese author and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Pillow Book (枕草子 makura no sōshi?).

Yûgaku was born in Osaka. He studied with Fukuhara Gogaku (1730-99), one of the classical Nanga painters and student of Ike Taiga from Osaka.
His later style was also based on Chinese Ming painting. But his style also reveals similarities with the ink-loaded brushwork in some of the paintings from the Buson school.

Roberts p. 205,
Araki p. 2395