Kaō (painter)

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Portrait of Kanzan
Bamboo and a Sparrow

Kao (fl. early 15th century) was a Japanese priest-painter whose work is considered typical of early Muromachi painting. He is especially known for his depiction of the legendary monk Kensu (Hsien-tzu in Chinese) at the moment he achieved enlightenment. This type of painting was executed with quick brushstrokes and a minimum of detail.

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