C1885

Setsugekko: Yamashiro, Kinchu no yuki, Sei Shonagon. (Yamashiro, Snow at the Imperial Palace, Lady Sei Shonagon).

Artist:

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The C10-11th poet Sei Shonagon was invited to join the Imperial Court to enhance the literary atmosphere around Empress Teishi’s entourage. Sei was known for her quick wit and critical eye, and compiled a ‘Pillowbook’ (Makura no Soshi’, of random … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Setsugekko: Yamashiro, Kinchu no yuki, Sei Shonagon. (Yamashiro, Snow at the Imperial Palace, Lady Sei Shonagon).

Date:

C1885

Artist:

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 325mm
AUTHENTICITY
Setsugekko: Yamashiro, Kinchu no yuki, Sei Shonagon. (Yamashiro, Snow at the Imperial Palace, Lady Sei Shonagon). - Antique Print from 1885

Genuine antique
dated:

1885

Description:

The C10-11th poet Sei Shonagon was invited to join the Imperial Court to enhance the literary atmosphere around Empress Teishi’s entourage. Sei was known for her quick wit and critical eye, and compiled a ‘Pillowbook’ (Makura no Soshi’, of random observations. Here Sei raises the bamboo blinds of her apartment to enjoy the plum blossoms in the snow. Inset A fan and writing desk with a hand scroll containing a Chinese poem about snow.

From the series Setsugekka. ‘Snow, Moon, Flowers’

Biography:

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838-1912)

Chikanobu was an important Meiji period nishiki-e artist (multi-coloured wood block printing) who documented Japan’s transition into the modern era while promoting traditional Japanese values through his prints. Little is known of Chikanbou’s life as his personal effects were destroyed in the 1923 earthquake and/or bombings of Toyko in the 1940’s. His personal name was Hasimoto Naoyoshi and as the son of a samurai he fought in a number of battles. He became a pupil of Kuniyoshi; at the age of about 15, taking the name Yoshitsuru and after the death of Kuniyoshi, he studied under Kunisada in 1852 and later in 1862 under Kunichika. In 1875 he moved to Edo, firstly as an illustrator for a newspaper one and became of the most active and famous nishiki-e artists in Japan.

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