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Artist of the moment…..Shibata Zeshin


Shibata Zeshin was born in Edo, Japan in the year 1807. Edo is now called Tokyo, Japan. Zeshin was a world renown painter and printmaker. Zeshin produced a great deal of prints with birds and plants as his main subject. The artist also completed many screens using lacquer.

The father of the artist was a sculptor.

Zeshin Shibata was able to study under some master artists where learned the skills of painting and also working with lacquer.

The artist was given an appointment to work on the Imperial families Are Committee. This is a huge honor for someone in the Japanese culture.

Zeshin Shibata passed away in 1891.

The artist was very diverse in his output. Shibata’s work can be found on screens, silverware, panels, boxes, and cups.

Price range: Works range from $500 for a woodcut t0 $80,000 for an original in ink.

I enjoy the Eastern way of painting for the empty space on the surface. The artist isn’t trying to capture a specific location, but rather a feeling or an emotion.



Artist of the moment……Jean Dunand

Jean Dunand was a fantastic artist and interior designer born in Lancy, Switzerland in the year 1877. He was renown for his use of lacquer and is considered by many to be the best lacquer artist in history. Began studying art in school at the Geneva School for the Arts.

Dunand was inspired to learn the art of working with lacquer from a Japanese artist who grew up in an area renown for its lacquer output, this is the northern part of Japan. Dunand was based out of Paris, France. He took 13 lessons from the master and kept great notes that are available in book form.

Worked with the artist Jean Lambert Rucki on some collaborations including some very stylish Oriental folding screens similar. Here are some examples of this work.

In 2003 a watch company was formed in Switzerland that works with his designs.  Here is a link to this site:

In this clip we view a serpent vase made by Jean Dunand.

Dunand passed away in 1942 at the age of 65 years of age.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $650,000.