Sketches of Birds and Animals

Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 Japanese

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After training in the academic Kano school tradition, Kyōsai became an independent painter in Edo (today's Tokyo) during the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate. A prolific painter and teacher, he became well known outside Japan through his prominence at the international expositions in Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1883. These charming, quickly rendered sketches were probably done as models for his students. They reveal the animated brushwork and sure command of form through line that characterize his painting.

Sketches of Birds and Animals, Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (Japanese, 1831–1889), Handscroll; ink on paper, Japan

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