SHUNMAN (1757–1820). Five butterflies. (Sold)
Artist: KUBO SHUNMAN (1757–1820)
Subject: Five butterflies and moths.
Series: An Illustrated Collection of Butterflies (Gunchō Gafu). The series includes seven designs of groups of butterflies and moths and is considered one of the artist’s finest set of surimono.
Signature: Shō Shunman sei. Poems signed Hōraitei Kora, Matsu Chōki and Sangyokutei Tomotoku.
Date: ca. 1810-1818.
Publisher: Privately published by the Kasumi-ren poetry club.
Size: Shikishiban surimono, 19,8x18 cm.
Medium: Woodblock color print.
Literature: Illustrated in our catalog, Surimono. Poetic Images in Japanese Prints. New Acquisition June 2022, no. 5. Carpenter, John T. “Textures of antiquarian imagination: Kubo Shunman and the kokugaku movement”, in Newland, Amy Reigle (Ed.) The commercial and cultural climate of Japanese printmaking. Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing, 2004. , p. 101-104 and Brooks 2017, p. 81-90. Other impressions are illustrated in Polster, Edythe and Alfred H. Marks. Surimono: Prints by Elbow. Washington D.C.: Lovejoy Press, 1980. , p. 409. Schmidt and Kuwabara 1990, no. 85. Asano 1997, no. 206 and Ohki, Sadako with Adam Haliburton. The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020 , no. 47B where the two poems are translated.
Remarks: Other impressions are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Harward Art Museum.
Conditions: Fine impression, very good color, some tiny holes on the right margin otherwise very good conditions.
Item no: D 407