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Japanese, (1749–1838)
Kishi painter. Born in Kanazawa. In 1773 to Kyoto; became a retainer of Prince Arisugawa; in 1804 entered imperial court as an offlcial and was appointed Echizen no Suke (honorary governor of Echizen). From 1809 to 1813 lived in Kanazawa; finally settled at Iwakura, near Kyoto, and changed family name of Saeki to Kishi. First studied Kano style painting; then worked in the manner of Shen Nan-p'in; finally, under influence of Marnyama and Shijo schools, changed his original manner, developed a rather rough and vigorous style, and founded the Kishi school. (Pictures painted prior to 1804 and signed Utanosuke Ganku are rare.) Great technical skill, a famous painter of animals, especially tigers, which have an almost Western weight and solidity. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

Artist Objects

Old Monkey 341.66.ND.X

Rooster 349.97.YT.Z

Tiger and Cub 413.64.MI.Z

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