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Japanese, 18th century, male.

Born 1716, in the village of Kema, near Osaka; died 1783.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative artist. Landscapes, animals. Screens.

Nanga School.

Buson was one of the creators of the Nanga (literati) School. It was only at the beginning of the 17th century that the ...


Cai Yushui  

Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1963, in Jinan.

Painter, draughtsman. Figures, genre scenes. Wall decorations.

Cai Yushui graduated from Shandong Art Academy in 1985 and had his first solo exhibition in that city in 1988. In 1994 he won his first prize at an official show, the ...


Duan, Zhenzhong  

Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1944.

Painter, decorative artist. Landscapes. Stage sets.

Duan Zhenzhong graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1964. He is currently chief set designer of the Beijing Film Studio. In 1989, he won the Coq d’Or for best set design....


Fang Yong  

Chinese, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 26 December 1900, in Chengdu (Sichuan).

Painter, lacquerer. Landscapes.

Fang Yong was taught traditional Chinese painting from an early age. He continued to paint in this style after moving to France in 1919, but also taught himself to paint in a western style, while retaining certain Chinese elements through his lacquer work. He rarely exhibited. In ...


Fujino, Shuzaku Paul  

Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1953.

Born 5 September 1925, in Japan; died 1 March 1982, in Paris.

Painter, decorative artist.

Paul Fujino first studied in Japan. Arriving in France in 1935, he attended the Académie Julian and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, where he worked under Souverbie, between ...


Fujita, Tsuguharu, Later Léonard  

Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in Paris from 1913, naturalised in 1955.

Born 27 November 1886, in Edogama, near Tokyo, baptised in 1959; died 29 January 1968, in Zurich.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink/wash), fresco artist, print artist (including lithography/etching/aquatint), illustrator, decorative artist...


Hibino, Katsuhito  

Japanese, 20th century, male.

Painter, decorative artist, installation artist, performance artist. Multimedia.

Hibino Katsuhito graduated from the design division of the fine arts department of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1982. He takes part in group exhibitions. He took part in the Sixth Sydney Biennial, and exhibited his work in a one-man show at Hajuku, Japan, in ...


Kikuhata, Mokuma  

Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1935, in Nagasaki (Fukuoka Prefecture).

Painter, engraver, decorative artist.

Kikuhata studied at the Fukuoka Prefectural Graduate School from 1950 to 1953. From an early, highly decorative, geometric abs­traction, he moved to hyperrealism. In 1964 he decorated the interior of Kanagawa Pre­fecture’s power station. In ...


Kiyohara, Tama  

Japanese, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 1861, in Tokyo; died 1939.

Painter, watercolourist, lacquerer.

Tama Kiyohara started by studying Japanese painting but switched to Western painting, studying with Vincenzo Ragusa, whom she later married. She left for Italy, where she worked with Lo Forte. She settled in Palermo and only returned to Japan in later years. She exhibited in both Rome and Palermo, won the Grand Prize at the New York International Exhibition and exhibited at the Venice Biennale. She mainly painted flowers and fruit....



Japanese, 16th – 17th century, male.

Active in Kyoto.

Born 1558; died 1637.

Painter, potter, draughtsman, calligrapher, decorative artist. Portraits, flowers.

Koetsu, a great calligrapher, painter, potter, decorator and patron of the arts, played a major role in the cultured world of Kyoto in the early 17th century. At this period, the city’s great merchants, grown wealthy from trade with China, were active in the cultural life of the city, giving themselves over to the tea ceremony, flower arranging, poetry and calligraphy. Koetsu was born into this potent environment to a celebrated family of sword polishers and appraisers who enjoyed the trust of the Ashikaga governors. He received a scrupulous education and followed in his father’s footsteps, while cultivating the art of calligraphy. With Konoe Nobutada and Shokado Shojo, he is reckoned as one of the Three Brushes of the early century. His art signals a return to the elegant calligraphy of the Heian period (794-...



Japanese, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1658, in Kyoto; died 1716.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Figures, portraits, flowers, animals. Screens.

Rimpa School.

Korin, a celebrated painter, may be regarded as the true successor of the genius of Sotatsu (fl. c. 1630), and the artist who carried it into the 18th century. His life is well known from the archives, notebooks, correspondence and collections of sketches which he bequeathed to his heirs. Born into a family of rich Kyoto clothiers who owned the important Karigane-ya shop, he spent a happy youth in cultured surroundings. His father, Ogata Soken (...


Lei Guiyuan  

Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1905, in Jiangsu Province.

Painter, decorative artist.

Lei Guiyuan graduated from the national art academy in Beijing in 1926 and went to study in France in 1929. On his return he was appointed professor at the art academy in Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province), and later went on to become head of the art department at the University of Sichuan....


Matsui, Morio  

Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1967.

Born 25 July 1942, in Tyohashi (Aichi Prefecture).

Painter (including gouache), pastellist, watercolourist, lithographer, decorative artist. Landscapes, portraits, nudes. Posters.

After graduating from Musashino Art Univer­sity in Tokyo, where he studied from 1963, Morio Matsui went to Paris in ...


Song Tao  

Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Kaifeng (Henan Province).

Painter, decorative artist. Birds, flowers.

Song Tao graduated from Kaifeng art academy in 1965 and went on to work as a painter and decorator in the Kaifeng arts and crafts studio.

Peintres traditionnels de la République populaire de Chine...



Japanese, 17th century, male.

Active during the first half of the 17th century.

Died possibly in 1643.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Military subjects, figures, landscapes, animals. Screens.

Rimpa School.

Little is known of Sotatsu’s life and career: even the dates of his birth and death are unknown. He seems to have been born into a great merchant family, one grown rich from the cloth trade with China and the manufacture of brocade, and even though his family name is still unknown we do know that he used the so-called shop name ( ...


Tanaka, Atsuko  

Japanese, 20th century, female.

Born 1932, in Osaka.

Painter, draughtswoman, installation artist, performance artist. Wall decorations.


Groups: Zero, Gutai.

After graduating from art college in Kyoto, Atsuko Tanaka went on to study under the direction of Jiro Yoshihara. Already a member of the Zero...


Tono, Yasuhiko  

Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 5 May 1895, in Tokyo.

Painter, decorative artist.

Tono Yasuhiko exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, Salon d’Automne, and Salon des Artistes Japonais in Paris.



Japanese, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1636; died 1713.

Painter. Horses. Screens, decorative schemes.

Kano School.

Kano Tsunenobu was the son and disciple of Kano Naonobu (1607-1650), and succeeded his father as head of the Kobiki-cho line of the Kano school in Edo (now Tokyo). In ...