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41. Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) & Hishida Shunsô (1874-1911)
Diptych - Waterfall and falling leafs
Signed: Shunsô and Taikan
Seals: Shunsô and Shôkodô
Technique: colours on silk 112.6 x 37.4
Mounting: grey gold brocade and beige silk
ivory rollers, 199 x 50
Box: double box authorised in 1968 by Shunsô’s eldest son Hishida Haruo (1902-1986)
Condition: fine

Hishida Haruo was the expert on his father’s works, and secretary general of the Nihon bijutsuin (Japanese At institute) - He studied with Taikan after his father’s death.

Taikan and Shunsô contributed to the revitalization of traditional Japanese painting in the modern era.

Taikan was born in Mito city, Ibaraki, the eldest son in an ex-samurai family of Mito-clan. In 1878, the family moved to Tokyo where he became interested in English and Western painting in high school. He received painting lessons from Kanô Hôgai (1828-1888). When he enrolled at the Tokyo Academy in 1889, he had just opened and was led by Tenshin. He studied with Hashimoto Gahō (1835-1908).
In a way, the beginning of Taikan's career runs synchronously with that of his friend Shunsô. From 1909, when Taikan became a jury member at the Bunten, he started painting in a mix of different styles. In 1914 he left the Bunten with Shimomura Kanzan (1873-1930) and started the Inten. In the twenties, critics led his work to many discussions, but at the same time inspired many artists.

Conant ‘95 p. 333
Taikan & Shunsô Otsu 1994
and a huge number of monographs

Shunsô was born in Nagano-ken. In 1895 he graduated from The Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied with Hashimoto Gahô (1835-1908). In 1898 with his former school director Okakura Tenshin (1863-1913) and some of his classmates they founded the Nihon Bijiutsuin. During 1903-1904 with his friend Yokoyama Taikan they travelled to India, the U.S. and Europe. After their return they experimented with a style called môrôtai bossen, dimness style. no outlines and western manners like chiaroscuro (Clair-obscure).
In 1908 his eyesight start to deteriorate and he had to stop painting. After a brief recovery he died of a kidney disease in 1911 completely blind.

Conant p.296-7
Taikan & Shunsô Otsu 1994
and lots of monographs