Japan art and the Edo artist Katsukawa Shunzan
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The Japanese artist Katsukawa Shunzan was active in art between 1782 and 1798. However, his exact birth and death are unknown and open to speculation. Therefore, despite Shunzan producing lovely art, very little is known about this intriguing individual.
His name obviously implies that he belongs to the Katsukawa School of Art. Initially, he studied under Katsukawa Shunsho. However, in time he became influenced by Torii Kiyonaga.
Shunzan focused on historical prints and actors to a large degree. This concerns the early development of his art. However, the influence of Kiyonaga entailed that bijin-ga (beautiful women) became a popular subject matter for Shunzan.
He was active in Toky for art pieces linking the Sumida River to the sexual quarters of Yoshiwara exist. Yet, like a tantalizing jigsaw with many main pieces missing, this sums up seeking to delve into his world. Therefore, one can only presume that he suffered ill health and possibly passed away – or that he decided on a different career path and left the art world behind.
Irrespective of this, Shunzan produced many delightful pieces of art.
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP MODERN TOKYO TIMES
Modern Tokyo News is part of the Modern Tokyo Times group
DONATIONS to SUPPORT MODERN TOKYO TIMES – please pay PayPal and DONATE to firstname.lastname@example.org
http://moderntokyotimes.com Modern Tokyo Times – International News and Japan News
http://sawakoart.com – Sawako Utsumi personal website and Modern Tokyo Times artist
https://moderntokyonews.com Modern Tokyo News – Tokyo News and International News
PLEASE JOIN ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/MTT_News Modern Tokyo Times
PLEASE JOIN ON FACEBOOK