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Joe Earle with a contribution by Goke Tadaomi
The Khalili collection of 100 works by Shibata Zeshin (1807-91) is the finest in the world.
Combining unparalleled technical skill with a highly individual decorative style, Zeshin's paintings and lacquers are imbued with traditional humour, energy and grace, but are fully in tune with the innovative spirit of Meiji-period Japan.
This volume has been written by Joe Earle with an introduction by Japan's foremost expert on Zeshin, Goke Tadaomi. In addition to extensive catalogue entries, it includes a detailed discussion of Zeshin's work and a fully-annotated translation of the biography of Zeshin written by his son Ryushin in 1927.
Illustrated with over 350 colour plates including details of signatures, certificates and storage boxes signed by Zeshin's sons and pupils, Masterpieces by Shibata Zeshin will be seen as the authoritative study of one of the greatest artists of 19th-century Japan.
Joe Earle is Chair of the Department of the Art of Asia, Oceania & Africa, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Formerly Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he has curated many galleries and exhibitions of Japanese art and is the author of numerous books on the subject.
Goke Tadaomi is Professor at the Faculty of Domestic Sciences of Kyoritsu Womens' University; he is a collector and Japan's leading authority on Shibata Zeshin.
288 pages; fully illustrated in colour
40 x 30 cm
hardback with slipcase