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Japanese, (1539–1610)
Painter. Born in Nanao, Noto Province, to a family of vassals of the Hatakeyama family. Adopted by the Hasegawa family. About 1570 to Kyoto to study Kano painting; said to have Been a pupil of Shoei or Eitoku. Also studied Chinese Sung and Yuan paintings. Admired Sesshu, calling himself fifth-generation successor to Sesshu until he lost a lawsuit to Unkoku Togan (q.v.). Eventually led revolt against the Kano school, founding Hasegawa school. Lived at the Hompo-ji, Kyoto, and with his son Kyuzo ran a big studio for decoration of interiors. In his last years, called to Edo by leyasu and died there. Received title of hogen. His opinionsis on art were collected in the Tohaku Gasetsu compiled by an admirer. Many of his early works are now in the Daiho-ji, Taknoka. An original and daring painter, especially in his black-and-white work, which shows some Zen influence; also did gold screens in more typical Momoyama manner.

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