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Shoso Mishima was a nihonga painter and print designer active during the Meiji period. Born in Edo, Shoso began his artistic training in Maruyama-Shijo School painting. As the student of Yosai Kikuchi, Shoso focused principally on figural, historical scenes. He also produced kacho-e (bird and flower pictures) and a ceiling painting within the Imperial Palace. Shoso’s introduction to illustration and print design came through Seitei Watanabe, a friend of Yosai Kikuchi. Shoso became an active kuchi-e (frontispiece illustration)artist, working mainly with the publisher Shun’yodo. His works appeared in fourteen issues of the monthly literary magazine Bungei Kurabu (Literary Club) and numerous books. In addition to kuchi-e, Shoso completed a series of floral prints, as well some kaika-e (enlightenment pictures) and children’s prints. Shoso was an avid admirer of the ukiyo-e master Sharaku and amassed an impressive collection of Sharaku’s rare designs. Sadly, Shoso’s collection was lost in a fire.
Art is the Queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. - Leonardo da Vinci