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Ikeda Shoen
Ikeda Shoen
Ikeda Shoen
Ikeda Shoen
Ikeda Shoen (1886-1917)
Evening Light
hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk; signed Shoen with artist's seal Shoen; accompanied by tomobako, titled Yubae, and signed Shoen with one seal Shoen, ca. 1915
painting 41 3/4 by 16 1/8 in., 106 by 41 cm
overall 79 1/8 by 21 5/8 in; 201 by 55 cm
Ikeda Shoen (given name Sakakibara Yuriko), was born in Tokyo in 1886. She began studying with Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908) in 1901, where she would meet her future husband, Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), to whom she became engaged in 1903 and would marry after a long engagement in 1911. After the passing of Toshikata in 1908, Shoen, along with her fiancé, joined the atelier of Kawai Gyokudo (1873-1957), a leading Nihonga painting who synthesized Japanese and Western painting traditions. From 1907 she began to exhibit work at Bunten, where she frequently won prizes. At Bunten, she and her husband were known as the mandarin duck painters, an allusion to marital fidelity and bliss. During her lifetime, Shoen was regarded as one of the most respected female painters of Eastern Japan (not to be confused with Uemura Shoen, 1875-1949, who was regarded as the leading female painter of Western Japan). Shoen died at the young age of 41, and as such, there are relatively few examples of her paintings extant. Paintings produced towards the end of her life, considered the height of her career, are particularly sought-after.
Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, pp. 39-40
Kazuto Yui, Nijuseiki bukko Nihon gaka jiten, Tokyo, 1998