Shibata Zeshin (柴田 是真, March 15, 1807 – July 13, 1891) was a famous and revolutionary Japanese painter and lacquerer of the late Edo period and early Meiji era. In Japan, he is ironically known as both too modern, a panderer to the Westernization movement, and also an overly conservative traditionalist who did nothing to stand out from his contemporaries. Despite holding this odd reputation in Japan, Zeshin has come to be well regarded and much studied among the art world of the West, in England and the United States in particular.
Bekesy-024; Album with ten album leafs painted in lacquer colours on paper. By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891). Japan. W: 17 cm H: 19 cm; Japan; Album with ten album leafs painted in lacquer colours on paper. By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891). Lackmålning.
Inro depicting morning glory by a window in a decaying wall in gold and silver hiramakie and takamakie on a gold lacquer ground inlaid with pearl-shell, by Shibata Zeshin, dated 1865