An album of illustrations, twelve sheets, color and lacquer on paper, with a box signed and sealed by the artist
5.2 × 6.5 cm / 7 × 8.3 cm
The most notable aspect of Shibata Zeshin's oeuvre is his urushi-e (lacquerware). Using highly viscous lacquer, he produced many Japanese paintings that simulated Western textures that have gained great reverence in the West.
This work depicts the Chinese Zodiacs. While each zodiac is gifted with much animation and character, the tiger and dog reveal the Shijo school influence in Zeshin’s hand.
When thinking of Zeshin, one immediately thinks of the art of lacquerware and masterful Shijo school painting. Carrying both tokens, this piece is a true rarity.
Currently on exhibit at Seitei, Zeshin and Kyosai: Japanese Art at the Paris and Philadelphia Expositions until May 5, 2021.