Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.
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Japanese Shikishi impression, rare vintage by the famous artist and humanist Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885-1976), still life illustration.

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A splendid and rare Japanese Shikishi drawn by Saneatsu Mushanokōji.

It is simple and powerful, attractive with its unique style of painting with a sense of life. In this painting, we easily recognize the artist's style: simple subjects of everyday life, here vegetables on a oribe plate illustrated by these words that the artist particularly liked: 日日是好日 A good day, and that every day, for you.

The shikishi is a watercolor ink with the autograph and the seal of the artist on the lower right.

A perfect gift for Japanese culture lovers or collectors. It can also be perfect to be displayed in a kitchen or a restaurant.

Saneatsu Mushanokōji's artworks are often exposed in Museum all around the world, and well listed in International auction houses

Biography of the artist:

Saneatsu Mushanokōji (武者小路 実篤(實篤) (12 May 1885 – 9 April 1976) was the pen name of a Japanese novelist, playwright, poet, artist, and philosopher active during the late Taishō and Shōwa periods of Japan. He was also sometimes known as Mushakōji Saneatsu, other pen-names included Musha and Futo-o.

Born in Tokyo as the 8th son of Viscount Mushanokōji Sanezane, Saneatsu’s father died when he was age 2, and he was raised largely by his mother. Saneatsu was very frail and sickly as a youth, and unable to compete in physical activities in the Peers’ School. To compensate, he developed his debating skills and began to develop an interest in literature. While at the Peers’ School, he became friends with Shiga Naoya. His uncle introduced him to the Bible and the works of Tolstoy.

He enrolled in the philosophy department of Tokyo Imperial University but left without graduating in 1907 to form a literary group with Kinoshita Rigen, Shiga Naoya, Arishima Takeo, and Ogimachi Kinzaku called Jūkokakai (The Fortnight Club). This group evolved into the Shirakaba (White Birch) literary coterie, which first published the Shirakaba literary magazine in 1910. Literary career Mushanokōji was a key member of Shirakaba and published his work Omedetaki Hito (Good Natured Person) in its magazine in 1910. This was followed by Seken Shirazu (Babe in the Woods, 1912). Through the medium of Shirakaba, Mushanokōji promoted his philosophy of humanism as an alternative to the then-popular form of naturalism. Mushanokōji's humanism borrowed some elements from naturalism, but in general saw humanity as controlling its own destiny through the assertion of will, whereas the naturalists tended to see the individual as powerless and desperate against forces he could not control.

With the outbreak of World War I, Mushanokōji turned again to Tolstoy for inspiration and for further development of his humanitarianism philosophy. During this time, he published Sono imōto (His Sister, 1915), a play involving a choice between self-love and love for mankind; Kōfukumono (A Happy Man, 1919) a novel presenting his image of the ideal human; and Yūjō (Friendship, 1920), a novel portraying the victory of the humanism over ego. His idealism appears in his autobiographical novel Aru Otoko (A Certain Man, 1923) and the play Ningen banzai (Three Cheers for Mankind, 1922). In 1918, Mushanokōji took the next step in the development of his philosophy by moving to the mountains of Miyazaki prefecture in Kyūshū, and establishing a quasi-socialistic utopian commune, Atarashiki-mura (New Village) along vaguely Tolstoyan lines. The commune also published its own literary magazine, Atarashiki-mura.

In the 1920s, while running the commune, Mushanokōji was very prolific in his literary output. Mushanokōji tired of the social experiment and left the village in 1926; a dam project forced it to relocate to Saitama Prefecture in 1939, where it still exists. After the Great Kanto Earthquake, Mushanokōji returned to Tokyo to run an art gallery and started to sell his own paintings, mostly still life depicting vegetables such as pumpkins. Publication of Shirakaba was suspended in 1923 after the Kanto Earthquake, but Mushanokōji went on to bring out the literary magazine, Fuji, with the novelist and playwright, Nagayo Yoshirō. During this period, he turned his attention to writing historical novels or biographical novels, such as Ninomiya Santoku, about the 19th-century farm technologist and agricultural philosopher, and Inoue Saikaku, about the 17th-century poet.

Through the 1930s and 1940s, he faded away from the literary world. Encouraged by his older brother, who was the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany, he traveled throughout Europe in 1936. After World War II, due to his membership in the House of Peers in the pre-war government and due to his noticeable lack of opposition to the war, he was briefly purged from public office by the American Occupation authorities. Mushanokōji made a comeback to the literary world with a novel Shinri sensei (Teacher of Truth, 1949–1950).

He was awarded the Order of Culture in 1951 and became a member of the Japan Art Academy in 1952. Mushanokōji died at the age of 90, and his grave is at the Chuo Reien, in Hachiōji city, in the outskirts of Tokyo.

Dimensions (approx.) H: 27.3 cm (10.6") W: 24.2 cm (9.4").

Condition: The shikishi is in a vintage condition, with some stains and scratches; and the colors are slightly faded. Please look at the pictures carefully.

Please, noted that it is sold UNFRAMED. The frame shown is for illustration purposes only.

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