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Shoun Yamamoto, Japanese, (1870–1965)
Good Friends / Nakayoshi, 1906
Ink on paper
9 5/16 x 13 13/16 in. (23.62 x 35.05 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2013.1.2

Although Shoun Yamamoto studied the traditional Japanese painting "Nihon-ga" and was renowned for his depiction of charming beauties, he made numerous works for book illustrations and woodblock prints in the "Fuzoku-ga" (pictures of customs and manners) genre.

"Children's Play" is considered to be one of Shoun's iconic works. Unlike the children depicted in ukiyo-e up to that time, Shoun created lovable, active and expressive children. These children wear a mixture of traditional Japanese and newly acquired Western-style clothes. The children happily engage in age-old games such as snow fights, horseback riding, and dharuma. The series also introduced children's activities in the various traditional events of the four seasons.

Reference: "Yamamoto Shoun Ten". A View of Nostalgic Japan and the Beauties of Those Days; an Exhibition of Shoun Yamamoto's Works. The Museum of Art, Kochi; 2005, ISBN, - This series is described herein.


artist's seal

ink and colors on paper

Object Description
Yamamoto depicts a group of children as seven gods of good fortune.

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