The Seven Lucky Gods

by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

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The Seven Lucky Gods by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Original Zeshin (1807 - 1891) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Seven Lucky Gods

Shibata Zeshin - Born in Edo, Shibata Zeshin initially apprenticed to a lacquerer at the age of thirteen, who felt he needed to learn to draw and paint to become a successful lacquerer, a career in which he later excelled. He studied painting with the great artists of the Maruyama-Shijo School in Kyoto. The school's style combined the direct observation and realism of Western artists with traditional Japanese painting techniques. Considered one of the greatest lacquerers in Japan, Zeshin also created many paintings and designs for woodblocks. His prints feature lively calligraphic line work and nicely balanced asymmetrical compositions. Zeshin's works are highly regarded for their unique combination of traditional and modern elements.

Comments - Charming depiction of Japan's beloved Seven Lucky Gods. At upper right, the Goddess Benzaiten looks into a mirror as she styles her hair. At lower left, Ebisu prepares a red snapper, while above, Fukurokuju peers from behind the scroll that he is holding. An amusing image of these deities taking part in everyday activities.

Artist - Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 11 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail.

The Seven Lucky Gods by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)
The Seven Lucky Gods by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

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