IKEDA SHŌEN (1886-1917)
Young beauty with an umbrella seen from behind
Ink and color on silk with mica accents
45 x 12 1/2 in.
Box: Original Box
Ikeda Shôen was one of the few female artists to achieve fame and success during the Meiji period (1868-1912). First a pupil of the celebrated printmaker and painter Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908), Shôen later studied under the celebrated Nihonga landscape painter Kawai Gyokudô (1873-1957). Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), a fellow student artist in both of these studios, became her husband and colleague. Sadly both artists died relatively young within a few years of one another, she from pleurisy and tuberculosis. She specialized in depictions of beautiful women typically with young soft features and flowing robes. Her style reveals a unique blending of rinpa, ukiyo-e and Nihonga painting aesthetics. In addition to exhibiting with the Bunten, she also showed with the Ugôkai. In addition to her painting, Shôen also designed a number of woodblock prints of women, animals, and landscape scenes.
With such a premature death, 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.