Revision Date: 6 March, 2009
About Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)

This great artist has grown in stature as we have been able the better to get the Meiji period into perspective.
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by great good fortune we have two intimate Western accounts of him at work: one by Emile Guimet, who with Felix Regamy, visited him in Japan in 1876, and wrote about him in "Promenades Japonaise," published in 1881; the other by Josiah Conder, the British architect. who studied painting under Kyosai in the 1880s, and who, in his "Paintings and Studies by Kawanabe Kyosai," published in 1911, gave a very full account of the artist's methods. Both Guimet and Conder were impressed by Kyosai's attack." ---- (Jack Hillier)

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