New Website is coming this Autumn. During this transition a Ronin Gallery representative will contact you to complete all orders placed online.           
Thank you for your understanding as we experience some growing pains. LEARN MORE HERE
Shunsho (1726-1792)

Lady Horikawa

Roll On image to Zoom in
Shunsho (1726-1792)
Lady Horikawa
The 100 Poems by the 100 Poets Brocaded in the Eastern Weave
Woodblock Print
10.75" x 7.5"
Good color and impression, old repaired wormage, light wear

Authenticity Guaranteed

Learn more

Worldwide Shipping

Learn more

Questions about this piece? 212.688.0188

About the art


If he be true I'm unaware;

But since the dawn saw him depart,

As all dishevelled is my hair,

So in confusion is my heart. 

About the artist

Shunsho Katsukawa (né Miyagawa) was born in 1726, though little is known about his personal life. He came to Edo to study haiku, poetry, and painting under Shunsui, but soon shifted his attention to ukiyo-e. Originally a member of the Torii school, Shunsho broke away from this reigning school of actor prints to establish his own, more realistic style known as the Katsukawa School. He taught many great ukiyo-e artists, including Shuncho, Shunko, Shunei, and Shunro (Hokusai). The root “shun” identifies artists of the Katsukawa school. Some of his paintings still exist, largely portraying bijin(beautiful women) in genre scenes.


Shunsho is one of the great masters of ukiyo-e. He is known for the balance of strength and delicacy in his designs. While his early depictions of bijin indicate the influence of Harunobu, Shunsho developed a parity of idealism and realism in his prints of kabuki actors. Focusing on the individual rather than the role portrayed, Shunsho marked a pivotal moment in ukiyo-e. From his actor portraits to his backstage views of the theater, Shunsho introduced individualism to yakusha-e (actor prints).

"We use cookies to gather web statistics, remember your settings and target ads. Read more about how we use cookies in our Cookie Policy or close tab now."