Goshun Matsumura (1752-1811)
A still life from 1809
Signed Gekkei with seal Go Shun
Ink on paper, 20 x 34, in a brown damask and beige silk mount 94 x 42.6
Together with Maruyama Ôkyo (1733-1795), Goshun defined the manner of painting in Kansai, the part of Japan around Kyoto and Osaka. The name Maruyama-Shijô style comes from Ôkyo's family name and from Shijôdori, the fourth street, where Goshun had his studio. The style was based on painting after nature but also paying attention to social aspects, something that had not been done before in Japan.