Mishima Shoso


Beauty Seated Beneath a Banana Tree Combing Her Hair Beside a Lacquer Basin

large kuchi-e (woodblock printed frontispiece) published in vol. 12, no. 6 of Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), with silver metallic printing on the paper beneath her array of brushes and combs; with artist's seal Sho, published by Hakubunkan, 1906

13 3/8 by 9 1/4 in., 34 by 23.4 cm

Mishima Shoso was a Maruyama-Shijo style painter who became a follower of the artist Kikuchi Yosai (1781-1878) along with the great kacho (bird-and-flower) painter, Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918). He was active in the kuchi-e movement illustrating many books for the publisher Shun'yodo, and fourteen designs for Bungei Kurabu.

Shoso assembled a collection of original woodblock prints by the ukiyo-e artist Toshusai Sharaku (active ca. 1794-95) which were destroyed when his house burned down. This was a bitter loss when the prices for Sharaku prints rose exponentially in his lifetime.

Helen Merritt, and Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture, 2000, pp. 207-208 (artist's biography)
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2009, p. 340

(inv. no. C-3263)

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