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Antique Japanese Gold Screen, Shamo, Yamashita Shigeo

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940: Item # 1341082

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The cock stretches his neck in haughty defiance as he struts across the gold panels of this painted screen dated Mid Autumn 1934 and signed Heijo Nushi Shigeo (Yamashita Shigeo). This screen is performed with oil paints on gold leaf. Overall the screen is in quite good condition, with a blue patterned cloth border and black lacquered wooden frame. It is 190 x 173 cm (72 x 68 inches) and is in overall fine condition. Yamashita Shigeo was born in Tokyo Kyobashi in December of 1883. He studied under Koyama Seitaro. He was first exhibited with the painting “Musashino” at the Tokyo Kangyo Hakurankai in 1907, The following year he exhibited two paintings at the 2nd Bunten National Art Exhibition. After some personal trials in which he left the world of painting, he moved to Osaka in 1915 and, at a friends urging, again began exhibiting with the Bunten the following year with his painting “Shamo” featuring a pair of these proud birds. At this time he was listed as a Kyoto painter. From then he consistently exhibited with the Bunten through all its transformations into the Nitten. His work from 1925 was purchased by a branch of the Imperial family. Adept at both oil and Nihonga painting, he was known to switch between the two often. He lived the latter half of his life in Nara, was a member of the Gendai Taiheiyou Gakai, and was consistently awarded at the Bunten/Nitten/Teiten exhibitions. He was especially fond of Shamo images. In 1933 he was awarded for an oil painting of roosters at the Teiten, and submitted another in 1934 which received much acclaim. He was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by Nara in 1951. He passed away at his home in 1958.