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Edo Tosa painter
Japanese, (1617–1691)
Tosa painter. Son and pupil of Tosa Mitsunori. Lived first in Sakai. In 1634 to Kyoto, where he was made Edokoro azukari in 1654. In 1681, passing his position on to his son Mitsunari, became a priest and took the name of Josho; named hogen in 1685. Produced splendid netsuke, always in wood, under the go of Shuzan. Many forgeries of both his paintings and his netsuke. With Mitsunaga and Mitsunobu, known as the Sampitsu (Three Brushes) of the Tosa school. Revived the Tosa school, which had been in eclipse since the early 16th century, bringing to it the Kano brushwork and some of the largeness of design of that school as well as the manner of the late Ming and early Ch'ing realistic sketches; also slightly influenced by the Rimpa school. A style of great elegance, soft cool colors, purity of line. Specialized in painting quails. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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Quails 101.85.YT.Z

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