A rare and outstanding series of traditional Japanese landscape prints by one of the masters of the Kyoto School.
Rendered in an exquisitely restrained palette and now beautifully aged.
This is an antique, hand-crafted woodblock print from the original 1895 edition of Yofu Gacho published by Unsodo, Kyoto
The same print is also held in the national Dutch collection at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
About the Author
Yamamoto Shunkyo was born in Shiga-ken in 1871 and moved to Kyoto where he became a pupil of Kono Bairei, Nomura Bunkyo and Mori Kansai.
During the 1890’s he became known as a new talent through his participation in various exhibitions.
In 1899 he became a teacher at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts where his Western style dress and his success as an artist made him a popular teacher.
Shunkyo was one of the first Japanese artists interested in both Western art and also photography as an art form and this taught him a great deal about perspective and the rendering of light and atmosphere.
He became a professor at the Kyoto College of Fine Arts and was a founder of the modern Kyoto school and a member of the Imperial Art Committee.
His unique, personal style was characterised by a kind of realism that was the result of a fusion of Western realism and Japanese shasei (sketching from nature), without ever becoming mechanical.
Especially in his later years he emphasized the spiritual aspect of art.