Soga Shōhaku

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Soga Shōhaku
Soga Shohaku, Japanese (1730–1781), Shoki Ensnaring a Demon in a Spider Web, 18th century, Japan, Edo period, Two-fold screen; ink on paper, Kimbell Art Museum.jpg
Shoki Ensnaring a Demon in a Spider Web by Soga Shōhaku. Ink on papered folding screen. Photograph by Kimbell Art Museum.
Miura Sakonjirō

Either Ise or Kyōto[1]
Died(1781-01-30)30 January 1781[1]

Soga Shōhaku (曾我蕭白) (1730–1781) was a Japanese painter of the Edo period. Shōhaku distinguished himself from his contemporaries by preferring the brush style of the Muromachi period, an aesthetic that was already passé 150 years before his birth.[1]

Shōhaku's birth name was Miura Sakonjirō. His family was wealthy, but all of his immediate family members died before he reached the age of 18.

Work and studies[edit]

As a young man, he was a student of Takada Keiho of the prominent Kanō School, which drew upon Chinese techniques and subject matters.[2] His disillusionment with the school led him to appreciate the works of Muromachi era painter Soga Jasoku. He began to use the earlier style of brushstroke, painting mostly monochromes, despite the fact it had become unfashionable.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Soga Shōhaku". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ Aviman, Galit (2014). Zen Paintings in Edo Japan (1600-1868): Playfulness and Freedom in the Artwork of Hakuin Ekaku and Sengai Gibon. New York: Routledge. p. 161. ISBN 978-140947-04-27.

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