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Matsumura Go Shun (1752-1811)(Gekkei)
Shôki (aka-e)
Signed: sha oite Gozan Kakusha Gekkei
Seals: Go Shun noin
Technique: red on paper 96 x 28.8
Date: May 5, 1785
Mounting: dark brown damask and dark blue silk
181 x 39.3
Box: inscribed
Condition: very good

Shoki, the demon queller, is one of the symbols used for the festival for boys, Tango, 5th day of the 5th month. This aka-e, or red picture is an amulet to keep refrained from contaminating diseases with red rashes. A comparable aka-e painting from 1786 is illustrated in Suzuki Shin, Haiga in the Edo Period, Vol 11 # 54. And Oranda Jin catalogue Vol 14 # 9

Go Shun and Maruyama Ôkyo (1733-95) were the most influential painters of the Kansai district.
In 1772 Go Shun went to Yosa Buson (1716-84) to study Buson’s typical Nanga style as well as haiga, a sketchy painting style related to haiku poetry. In 1782 he took the name Go Shun, reserving his earlier Gekkei for haiga paintings.
Ôkyo and Go Shun became good friends. After Ôkyo's death in 1795, Go Shun was asked to take over the Maruyama School but he founded his own, the Shijô School, instead.

Itsuo 1982
Rosenfield B.52
Kyoto '98: pp. 278-279
French ‘74 pp. 32-34
Hillier '74 pp. 34-57
Roberts p. 34
Araki pp. 845-850