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Reading a Book

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Reading a Book
by Yamamoto Shoun (1870-1965) - Shokoku

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Artist: Yamamoto Shoun (1870-1965) - Shokoku 山本昇雲 (松谷)
Title: Reading a Book
Series: Scenes of the four seasons
Date 1st edition?1906
Publisher 1st edition?Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
Publisher (this edition)?Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 37167
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Title Reading - The View of the Four Seasons
Artist Shoun Yamamoto 1870-1965
Signature Shoun
Dated 1906 December
Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
Medium/Technique Woodblock print
Impression excellent … blind printing
Colors very good
Condition very good … light toning, lightly soiled, two creases from the top edge into the background, margins lightly creased, the left margin creased, album backing.
Description From the series, "Shiki no Nagame" (The View of the Four Seasons), "Fumi Yomu Koe" (Voice of Reading). A lady is listening to some words from a parrot. Her daughter is reading a book nearby. Shoun was one of the last traditional ukiyo-e artists but his style was changed from the stereo-typical ukiyo-e beauties to more soft and natural looking beauties in this series.
Width Item 12.6 inches = 32.0 cm
Height Item 8.9 inches = 22.5 cm
Literature "Yamamoto Shoun Ten". A View of Nostalgic Japan and the Beauties of those Days; an Exhibition of Shoun Yamamoto's Works., The Museum of Art, Kochi; 2005, ISBN, - pl.114

Artist Bio: Used the psudonym Shokoku (松谷) in his early career.
明治3年(1870年)高知県に生まれる。絵を山内家のお抱え絵師で狩野洞白の門人柳本圭吾に学び、更に狩野永岳の門人河田小龍に師事し、上京後、図案、染物の原図などを手がけ絵師として立った。明治27年東洋堂より刊行された「風俗画報」の挿絵を担当したのを皮切りに「新撰東京名所図會」と言うシリーズ312図を発表し、こうした雑誌挿絵を主要な活躍舞台としたのであった。 昇雲は維新以降の目まぐるしく変化する文化風俗に着手し、風俗記録画ともいうべき新しいジャンルを確立した。  昭和40年(1965)没

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