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Edo Maruyama Shijo Painter and Printmaker
Japanese, (1807–1891)
Shijo painter, printmaker, lacquerer. Born and lived in Edo. Son of a sculptor. As a child, apprenticed to a lacquer craftsman; studied painting under Suzuki Nanrei and, in Kyoto, under Okamoto Toyohiko to improve his ability in design; also trained in lacquer techniques by Koma Kansai II. Member of the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai and the Art Committee of the Imperial Household. Became a court painter in 1890. Greatest lacquerer of the 19th century, particularly skillful in urushi-e producing charming, delicate works. Also painted equally delightful pictures, usually with the addition of lacquer. His eldest son, Reisai, carried on the family lacquer business; the younger son Umezawa Ryushin worked in the family tradition. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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