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  1. Art Sengai Gibon

    Sengai Gibon (仙厓義梵, 1750-1837) was a Zen painter and calligrapher whose ink drawings are characterised by a warm, satiric, and often self-critical humour. He was born into a family of poor farmers in Mino (modern-day Gifu Prefecture) and became a monk of the Rinzai School of Buddhism at the age of eleven. He studied at Seitaiji (清泰寺) under Kūin Enkyo (空印円虚, 1704-1787) and received the priest name of Gibon. In 1768, he set out on his first pilgrimage and arrived at Tōki-an (東輝庵) temple near present-day Yokohama where he took up his studies under the guidance of Gessen Zenne (月船禪慧,...
  2. Art Ito Jakuchu

    Itō Jakuchū (伊藤若冲, 1716-1800) was a painter known for his almost surrealist, detailed depictions of exotic birds and fowl. He also painted traditional Japanese motifs and experimented with perspectives and other modern stylistic elements. He was the eldest of the three Edo-era "eccentrics" and is also considered to be the most serious of them. His eccentricity was not so much based upon outrageous behaviour but on his bold combinations of colours and elements. He regarded his own style as "something that will only be understood in a thousand years". Portrait of Ito Jakuchu painted by...
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