Shuho (1898 - 1944)

It Looks Like Snow

Series: Four Images of Women
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: December 1927
Size (H x W): 15 x 10.3 (inches)
Publisher: Bijutsusha
Seals: Artist's momiji seal
Signature: Shuho
Condition: Very good color and impression, very faint creasing top right, faint soiling, embellished with mica.

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About the artist

Shuho Yamakawa was a nihonga painter and woodblock print artist. Born in Kyoto as Yoshio Yamakawa, Shuho’s father worked as a fabric designer. Shuho began his career as a painter of kacho-ga, or “bird and flower pictures,” under the tutelage of Shuho Ikegami. He later joined the workshop of Kiyokata Kaburagi, where both Kotondo and Shinsui also studied, and shifted his focus to bijin-ga, or “pictures of beautiful women.” A selection of his bijin-ga can be found in series such as Fujo Yondai (Four Subjects of Women, 1927-28). Shuho Yamakawa’s paintings earned national acclaim at the ninth and eleventh Teiten exhibitions. While principally a nihonga painter, he completed woodblock print designs with both Watanabe and Bijutsu-sha.