Beauty Picking Flowers
hanging scroll, ink, colors, gofun and gold on silk; signed Shuho with artist's seal Shuho
painting: 45 5/8 by 12 1/4 in., 115.77 by 31.2 cm
overall: 78 by 17 1/2 in, 198 by 44.6 cm
Yamakawa Shuho, a student of Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972), was a successful painter whose work was consistently included in the prestigious government-sponsored Teiten exhibitions where he frequently won awards, including the Tokusen (Special Award), which was the highest honors, first in 1927 and again in 1930. His virtuosity in painting, recognized early in his career when one of his paintings was accepted to the Nihongakai (Japan Painting Association) in 1915, was further exposed by marrying well. In January 1925 he married the daughter of the Kyoto industrialist Atsumi Kanjiro who was a school friend of Princess Kuni Satoko (Otani Satoko, 1906-1989) whose older sister Princess Nagako (the future Empress Kojun) had married Crown Prince Hirohito (Emperor Showa). The wedding at the Toshogu Shinto shrine in Ueno Park was newsworthy enough to be covered the February 1925 issue of Geijutsu (Art) magazine. His proximity to wealth and power allowed Shuho access to (and the patronage of) the inner circles of Japanese high society. While most of his painting subjects were of bijin in the traditional sense of an idealized beauty, frequently he was able to portray portraits of specific well-known socialites.
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, pp. 173-179
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