Kobayashi Eitaku

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Hanging scroll painting of Sugawara Michizane Praying on Tenpai-zan, 1880

Kobayashi Eitaku (小林 永濯, 22 April 1843 – 27 May 1890) was a Japanese artist specializing in ukiyo-e and nihonga.

Eitaku apprenticed under the Kanō school painter Kanō Eishin. Legend states he aspired to paint for Ii clan in Hikone, and another that Kanō Eishū took him on as an adopted son. After he left the Kanō school to produce ukiyo-e, it is said that the ukiyo-e painter Kawanabe Kyōsai took care of him.[1]

Eitaku's work long suffered the same low critical esteem in Japan as that of his contemporary, late-era ukiyo-e artists. It was valued more highly in the West—his painting Sugawara Michizane Praying on Tenpai-zan (道真天拝山祈禱の図 Michizane Tempaizan kitō no zu, 1880) won a place in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kanbara 2006, p. 162.

Works cited[edit]

  • Kanbara, Mayumi (2006). "Kobayashi Eitaku". In Kobayashi, Tadashi. Ukiyo eshi retsuden 浮世絵師列伝. Bessatsu Taiyō (in Japanese). Heibonsha. p. 162. ISBN 9784582944938.

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