Re: Banki

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Posted by Shade of Sharaku on March 17, 2003 at 01:03:07:

In Reply to: Banki posted by Guy Pepermans on March 16, 2003 at 22:11:44:

Hi Guy,

The name Koikawa Harumasa suggests a possible relationship with Koikawa Harumachi, the famous kibyoshi writer/illustrator and sometimes ukiyo-e designer, who could possibly be Harumasa's teacher. Harumachi, who was the retainer of a samurai in Edo, wrote the first kibyoshi "Kinkin Sensei Eiga no Yume" (The Glorious Dreams of Master Gold) and studied art under Toriyama Sekien. Considering his position in society, it would be surprising if he took pupils though. Nonetheless, the name Koikawa Harumasa immediately calls to Harumachi to mind (as I'm sure it did in his day too, and certainly this was no accident.) I believe Harumasa was a popular book illustrator as well.

: Recently, I encountered a "hashira-e" print that was signed by Banki (Koikawa Harumasa) - late 1790 - early 1800's.
: This print had a very elegant design that to my opinion equals Utamaro's best work in this format.
: It is hard to find some good information or documentation regarding this artist; is there anything available on the net? His work seems to be rare.
: Is it correct,to consider him solely as an notable imitator of Utamaro (dixit Richard Lane)?

: Guy.

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