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A framed nihonga painting by Shibahara Kisho exhibited at the 1934 Nitten National Exhibition (Teiten V) titled Banshun no Kogai (Late Spring in the Suburbs). Boys day banners of fish drape in the placid air, setting the scene in early May. The naive nature of the image shows a childish joy, and perhaps reflects the sentiments of Japanese as they began to look forward to a new prosperity after the worst years of the Great Depression. Unfortunately this hope would be soon quashed by the echoes of its youth, indeed the young pictured here, marching off to war and annihilation in just a few short years. Like the image itself, this painting is representative of a time of calm, wonder and peace in a tumultuous era. It retains the remnants of the original Nitten seals on the back, and is enclosed in the original wooden frame. The painting is 46-1/2 x 42 inches (118 x 107 cm). Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Kisho was born in Okayama in 1885 and studied painting in Kyoto under Takeuchi Seiho, Poetry under Nakagawa Shiro and taught at the Kyoto School of painting (mod. Kyoto University of Art). He exhibited many times the Bunten/Teiten and was selected for exhibition in the Japan-France Community Exhibition.