Sep 2, 2005

Conversation, from the series Views of the Four Seasons

四季のながめ おはなし

Conversation, from the series Views of the Four Seasons


Yamamoto Shōun 山本 昇雲

(Japanese, 1870-1965)

Woodblock print, ink and color on paper

Support: Laid Japanese paper

Sheet: 23.9 x 34 cm (9 7/16 x 13 3/8 in.); Image: 20.3 x 30 cm (8 x 11 13/16 in.)

Gift of Frederick, Tina, and Zoe Zwegat 2004.227



This print is one from a series covering both classical seasonal Japanese pastimes and vignettes from modern life in Tokyo. A painter from Kōchi trained in Tokyo, Yamamoto Shōun often had works in the prestigious Ministry of Education Exhibition (Bunten) and Imperial Exhibition (Teiten). Shōun also did hundreds of illustrations for a sightseeing series as well as woodblock prints of attractive women, such as this one, and landscapes.

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