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Japanese, (1814–1894)
Japanese-style painter. Born in Hagi; lived in Kyoto. Son of a nurse of the Ishida samurai family; pupil and adopted son-in-law of Mori Tetsuzan. Because of his Ishida connections, was a staunch Loyalist and therefore in trouble with the bakalu in the last days ofthe shogunate. In the early Meiji era, opened a school in Kyoto where he taught the traditions of the Shijo school; Yamamoto Shunkyo among his pupils. To further the taste for the Japanese style, helped found the Jounsha in 1865. Member of the Nihon Bijutsuin and of the Art Committee of the Imperial Household. Skilled in all subjects. It is said that he never repeated himself—hence, if duplicate pictures are found, one is probably a forgery. Produced charming Japanese landscapes, with slight touches of Western realism. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

Artist Objects

Bird and Rice 347.78.MI.X

Village 346.90.YS.Z

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