Gyokudô's Sons

Urakami Shunkin


Shunkin was born as Gyokudô’s first son in the town surrounding Bizen Okayama Castle. His talents as both poet and painter appeared from a young age. At the age of 16 he left Okayama, with his father, who then resigned from his clan. Shunkin later chose Kyoto as the center of his activities. He created numerous paintings of bird and flower subjects along with mellow landscape scenes, all based on sketches drawn from real life. He developed a refined painting style that made him a favored painter in the Kansai area. Shunkin was an energetic painter until his death at age 68, and is also known to have written painting treatises.


Urakami Shunkin
A Clear Dawn
at the Secluded Mountain
Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art


Urakami Shunkin
Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons
Okayama Prefectural Museum

Urakami Shûkin


Shûkin was born as Gyokudô’s second son in the castle town of Bizen Okayama, and was 10 years old when he left Okayama to travel with his father and older brother. The following year the Aizu clan invited Gyokudô to visit. Shûkin accompanied his father on that trip, and thanks to Gyokudô’s success at reviving the kagura (sacred music and dance) performed at Hanitsu Shrine, Shûkin was made an Aizu clan member at age 11. Shûkin continued in his official duties until he retired at age 70. He then traveled with Bizen clan samurai to Okayama, where he continued to paint until his death at the age of 87.


Urakami Shûkin
Spring Landscape
Fukushima Museum


Urakami Shûkin
Elegant Enjoyment
by a Wintry Window
Private collection


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