TOMIOKA Tessai

Date of Birth and Death
January 25, 1837 - December 31, 1924
Birthplace (modern name)
Kyoto
Occupation, Status
Artist
Pen name etc.
Tesshi, Tetsugai

Description

Painter. Born in Kyoto, the son of a merchant of canonical robes. After learning kokugaku(National Learning), Confucianism, and Buddhist scriptures, he studied under poet Rengetsu Otagaki. Beginning in 1868, he served as Chief Priest of various Shinto shrines and promoted restoration of shrines. In 1881, he settled in Kyoto and spent most of his time studying and painting. He became a leading figure of the Nanga painting circles. He was named a teishitsu gigeiin (Imperial artist) in 1917, and a member of Teikoku Bijutsu-in in 1919. He continued to finess his artistic style and didn't stop painting into the last year of his life.

Publications

National Diet Library Online

SNS

TOMIOKA Tessai

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