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Nakayama, Shuko (act. c. 1920 - 1930)

May: Early Summer Rain

Series: Collection of New Ukiyo-e Style Beauties
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1924
Size (H x W): 17.25 x 11 (inches)
Publisher: Nihon Mokuhan Insatsu Kabushikigaisha Hakoo
Seals: Nakayama Shuko gahaku hitsu
Edition: Printing by secondary publisher
Signature: Shuko with red rectangular seal Shuko
Condition: Very good color and impression, creases and small nicks on margins, embellished with gofun.

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About the artist

Shuko Nakayama was a nihonga painter and print designer active during the early 20th century. Born in Tokyo in 1876, Shuko began his artistic education as a student of Toshikata Mizuno. In 1908, Shuko found a new mentor in the painter and Shin Hanga artist Shinsui Ito. Shuko’s known prints consist of bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) designed in the spirit of the Shin Hanga movement. In 1924, he contributed to the series New Ukiyo-e Beauties along with several other artists. Rendered in pastel colors and soft edges, Shuko’s beauties wear fashionable kimono in their half portraits. His year of death is unknown.