Shuho (1898 - 1944)


Series: Four Images of Women
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1927
Size (H x W): 15.25 x 10.25 (inches)
Publisher: Bijutsusha
Seals: Maple Leaf
Signature: Shuho
Condition: Very good color, impression and state, mica ground



Other impressions of Autumn by Shuho Yamakawa can be found in the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Edo Tokyo Museum. Illustrated in The Female Image(pl 152) and Taisho Chic(pl 4).

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.