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Shohaku
Edo Eccentric painter
Japanese, (active 1730–1781)
Soga painter. Born in Ise; Iived in Kyoto. Studied under the Kano artist Takada Keiho a contemporary but an enemy of Okyo. A dominant figure in the art world of Kyoto, though many of his contemporaries considered him mad, a fanatic, since his behavior did not conform to that of Kyoto's polite society. As an artist, much neglected in his lifetime. An independent, proud man, he developed his own style; used a seal reading "Soya Jasokuken" and thereby showed his dependence on the style of Soga Jasoku. Some landscapes, but more generally figure pieces of a wild fantasy; subjects drawn from Chinese legends, rendered with dynamic, vigorous, sweeping brushwork—a style too coarse to be widely appreciated by his contemporaries, even though they admitted the strength of his brushwork. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)


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