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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Artists Biographies

Shoun Yamamoto 1870-1965

Painter, printmaker, illustrator. Born in Kōchi into a samurai family as Mosaburo. In his teens he studied traditional painting in Kanō school alongside Yanagimoto Doso and Kawada Shoryu. Later on in Tokyo Shōun cotnitued his studies of traditional painting with Taki Watei and worked as an illustrator for a Tokyo Journal under the name Shokoku (also pronounced as Matsutani). Shōun regularly exhibited his works in the Bunten and Teiten art shows that represented the official art direction. He is most known for landscape prints and series of beauties (bijin), published mainly by Matsuki Heikichi agency. In his latter career, Shōun returned to painting. He is considered an evolutional link between the traditional ukiyo-e and Shin Hanga movement. Shōun died at the noble age of 96.