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Shunsen (1762 - 1830)

Evening Snow on the Sumida River

Series: Eight Views of Edo
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1812
Size (H x W): 15 x 10 (inches)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Signature: Unsigned
Condition: Very good color, impression and state, some light wear on edges.



Left sheet from the triptych, right sheet signed Shunsen (Shunko II) ga. The full triptych can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

About the artist

Both an ukiyo-e designer and an illustrator, Shunsen began his career using the name Shunrin. First the student Tsutsumi Torin III, Shunsen soon became the pupil of Katsukawa Shun'ei and adopted the name Katsukawa. It was not until 1806 that he began signing his work Shunsen. He is recognized for his elegant bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women), landscapes and genre scenes. Shunsen ended his printmaking career in 1823 and pursued porcelain decoration as Shunko II.