Yamamoto Shunkyo was born in Shiga-ken in 1871 and lived in Kyoto. He was a pupil of Kōno Bairei, Nomura Bunkyo and Mori Kansai. During the 1890’s he became known as a new talent by his participation in various exhibitions.
In 1899 he became a teacher at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts. He was a professor at the Kyoto College of Fine Arts and one of the founders of the modern Kyoto school.
He frequently exhibited at the Bunten and was a member of the Imperial Art Committee and of the Teikoku Bijutsuin. In 1904 he participated in the St Louis Exposition, as a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce.
This wonderful painting on a fan depicts a firefly on plants. I would call it very good condition, see the images for more detail. There are a few small spots and the paper is slightly yellowed with age. The mounting is very nice with goma-ae ( sesame seed ) bamboo rollers. Entire piece is about 48" long by about 18" wide, image is about 16 1/2" wide by about 7 1/4" tall.