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Gyosai Gadan, drawing based on painting style of Shōkokuji Shūbun


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Example of painting style of Shōkokuji Shūbun

from the book Kyōsai Gadan

 by Kawanabe Kyōsai, 1887

Drumming God is Thunder God from the magazine Bijutsu Sekai Vol. 16
IHL Cat. #299

About This Print

The above page from Kyōsai gadan is from the "Learning to Paint" section and displays an example of the work of Shōkokuji Shūbun 相国寺周文 (1414-1463) as redrawn by Kyosai.

The inscription along the right edge of the right page reads 相国寺ニ住ス僧周文ノ筆意.

Shōkokuji Shūbun

Source: Answers.com website http://www.answers.com/topic/tensho-shubun-2
Shōkokuji Shūbun (1414-1463) was a Muromachi period painter.  He served as the official painter to the shogunate during the Muromachi period (1333-1568) at Shōkokuji, one of the gozan ('five mountains') hierarchy of Zen temples in Kyoto, which were both cultural centres and adjuncts to shogunal control (Shōkokuji was the temple most intimately associated with the shogun). Shūbun worked principally under the Ashikaga shoguns Yoshimochi (1386-1428), Yoshinori (1394-1441) and Yoshimasa (1436-90), avid patrons of the arts; he held concurrently the administrative position of tsukan (comptroller of the budget). Shūbun is known principally for his monochromatic ink paintings (suibokuga) modeled after Southern Song Chinese (1127-1279) painting, but his duties reputedly also included Buddhist iconic painting and sculpture. Shūbun's name first appears in Korean records of a Japanese diplomatic mission sent to Korea by the shogunate in 1423 to obtain copies of Buddhist texts. However, he is known more for the illustrious and stylistically distinctive ink landscape painting school associated with his name than as a historical individual.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Drawing based on painting style of Shōkokuji Shūbun from the book Kyōsai Gadan, Volume 1.
 Artist  Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)
 Signature  None
 Seal  None
 Publication Date  1887 (Meiji 20)
 Publisher  Iwamoto Shun
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre  ehon (illustrated book) - Meij era (1868-1912)
 H x W Paper
 8 1/4 x 10 in. (21 x 25.4 cm) each sheet
 Collections Holding "Gyosai Gadan"  Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum; Waseda University Library; British Museum
 Reference Literature

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