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Gyosai Gadan, drawing based on painting style of Shokokuji Shubun


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Example of painting style of Shokokuji Shubun

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 Kyosai gadan is from the "Learning to Paint" section and displays an example of the work of Shokokuji Shubun (1414-1863) as redrawn by Kyosai.

Shokokuji Shubun

Source: Answers.com website http://www.answers.com/topic/tensho-shubun-2
Shokokuji Shubun (1414-1463) was a Muromachi period painter.  He served as the official painter to the shogunate during the Muromachi period (1333-1568) at Shokokuji, one of the gozan ('five mountains') hierarchy of Zen temples in Kyoto, which were both cultural centres and adjuncts to shogunal control (Shokokuji was the temple most intimately associated with the shogun). Shubun 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). Shubun 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. Shubun'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 Shokokuji Shubun from the book Kyosai 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