Biography of Japanese Painter

So Shiseki (1715 - 1786)

Prominent painter of the Nanpin school.

Shiseki was born in Edo (present Tokyo) in 1715.
His real name was Kusumoto Kohachiro.
So Shiseki is his pseudonym.
Activities in his youth are unknown.
When Kohachiro was in mid-fourties, he went to Nagasaki and studied painting of the Nanpin school under Kumashiro Yuhi.
Then, Kohachiro also studied the same painting style under the Chinese painter Song Ziyan, who was known as So Shigan in Japanese pronunciation.
From about this time, Kohachiro called himself "So Shiseki" .
The pseudonym was derived from an imitation of his master's name.
Around 1759, he went back to Edo and worked to promote the Nanpin painting style.
At Edo, Shiseki had relationships with literary men and daimyo lords such as Sakai Hoitsu, Matsudaira Norisada, Sugita Genpaku and Hiraga Gennai.
Shiseki's son (So Shizan) succeeded to his school.
Shiba Kokan is also famous painter as a pupil of Shiseki.

  • Kacho-zu, Flowers & Birds 1765
  • Iwa ni Botan-zu, Rocks & Peonies
  • Ume ni Hato-zu, Japanese Plum & Pegion
  • Shishi, Lion 1768
  • Ume Tree & Long-tailed Cock
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