Sakura and Suzume (Cherry flower and sparrow), size: w. 26 cm (10.2") x h. 21.6 cm (8.5"), printed around in 1877
Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) was a famous and revolutionary Japanese painter and lacquerer of the late Edo-era and early Meiji-era. In Japan, he is ironically known as both too modern, a panderer to the Westernization movement, and also an overly conservative traditionalist who did nothing to stand out from his contemporaries. Despite holding this odd reputation in Japan, Zeshin has come to be well-regarded and much studied among the art world of the West, in England and the United States in particular.
We have the entire Shibata Zeshin Fukkoku collection on our site.
• Zeshin was active in the Edo-era and Meiji-era. These woodblock were made in the Meiji-era.