Original coloured Japanese woodcut
|Condition:||Overall in good condition|
|Title of artwork:||Zen Patriarch with a Cat|
|Artist:||Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891|
|Sold with frame:||No|
|Picture size (in cm):||16 x 22,70|
16 x 22,70 cm.
Margins partly strengthened with some strips of paper.
Zen Patriarch With A Cat - 1878
Artist: Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807-1891)
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Original, no later reprint
Reference: A print (same) exhibited at the Smithsonian in 1998: 'Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)'
Shibata Zeshin (1807 – July 13, 1891) was a famous and revolutionary Japanese painter and lacquerer of the late Edo period and early Meiji era. In Japan, he is ironically known as both too modern, a panderer to the Westernization movement, and also an overly conservative traditionalist who did nothing to stand out from his contemporaries. Despite holding this odd reputation in Japan, Zeshin has come to be well regarded and much studied among the art world of the West, in England and the United States in particular.
Zeshin was born and raised in Edo (modern-day Tokyo).
Zeshin learned not only the basics of painting and sketching, but also Japanese tea ceremony, haiku and waka poetry, history, literature and philosophy. This would form the foundation of his training in not only the techniques of the traditional arts, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the aesthetic and philosophy of Japanese traditional art. Many of his works from the period of his studies with Nanrei were fan paintings. The great ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi was impressed with these fan paintings and, approaching the young painter, began a friendship which would last for many years.
Zeshin later studied under other great artists of the Kyoto school, including Maruyama Ōkyo, Okamoto Toyohiko, and Goshin. Though he would later be known primarily for his work with lacquers, Zeshin excelled at traditional ink painting, and produced many works of traditional subjects such as tigers and waterfalls.
Today, one of the greatest collections of Zeshin's works is the Khalili Collections of London, containing over 100 works by the artist.
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