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Chō Gesshō first studied with Matsumura Goshun, founder of the Shijō School in Kyoto, but in 1798 he moved to Nagoya. There he assisted the unconventional painter Nagasawa Rosetsu on a project in Nagoya castle. The literati artist Tani Bunchō, who was in Edo working for the shogun’s family, begged him to come and work there, but he eschewed the fame it could bring him, preferring the provincial life of Nagoya. He specialized in figures, bird-and-flower paintings and illustrations for printed books, especially brief haiga illustrations to accompany haiku poems.


Further reading

Katz, Janice, Japanese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with an introductory essay by Oliver Impey (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), supp. no. 9 on p. 203, illus. p. 203 fig. 9

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