Autumn Night
Autumn Night detail

Watanabe Seitei (Shotei, 1851-1918)

Autumn Night
(Aki no yo)

hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, signed Seitei with artist's seal Seitei; accompanied by tomobako signed Seitei ga and titled Aki (no) yo

painting 10 7/8 by 13 3/8 in., 27.5 by 34 cm
overall 42 7/8 by 16 1/2 in., 109 by 42 cm

Watanabe Seitei was born Yoshikawa Yoshimata in Edo (Tokyo), and began training with the artist Kikuchi Yosai (1788-1878) at the age of sixteen, followed by a brief period in the studio of the painter and lacquer artist, Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891). Six years later he was adopted by a literary friend of the family, Watanabe Koshi. In 1878 he travelled to the United States and Europe where he received a silver medal for a painting he submitted to the Paris Exposition. He remained in Paris for three years and became the first Nihonga artist to reside in Europe to study Western painting. When he returned from Europe he became well-known for his sensitive kacho-ga images which utilized Japanese techniques while incorporating some Western sensibilities.


Araki Kanpo signature
Araki Kanpo signature
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Araki Kanpo signature
box lid

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site last updated
October 18, 2019

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