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Suizan Miki


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Suizan Miki designed bijin-ga prints whose style shows the influence of ukiyo-e portraiture. Born in Hyogo in 1887, he became a pupil of the well known artist Takeuchi Seiho in 1903. Ten years later, he showed nihon-ga paintings in the 7th Bunten of 1913. Around 1924, Miki worked with the Kyoto publisher Sato Shotaro on the design of six bijin-ga and eight landscape prints, carved by Maeda and printed by Oiwa in limited editions of 200. At some point, these designs were reprinted in a later unnumbered edition.

Miki's prints were exhibited in 1925 along with prints by Yoshikawa Kanpo, also published by Sato Shotaro. Prints by both artists were included in the 1930 Toledo exhibition in the United States. Miki continued to work as a painter and participated in the Bunten, Teiten, and Shin Bunten exhibitions until 1942. His death was in 1957. Although his prints are of traditional subject matter, they have a modern feeling, combining highly detailed portraits with abstracted landscapes.

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