SHUNMAN (1757–1820). Seven butterflies. (Sold)
Artist: KUBO SHUNMAN (1757–1820)
Subject: Seven 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 Gurendō Nakakubo and Haikai Utaba.
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. 6. 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. 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. 236.
Remarks: Other impressions are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harward Art Museum.
Conditions: Fine impression, very good color, some small holes restored on left margin, very good conditions.
Item no: D 406