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 and illustrator specializing in ukiyo-e and nihonga.


Eitaku was born 22 April 1843, a third son of Miura Kichisaburo. At the age of 12 or 13 he became an apprentice under the Kanō school painter Kanō Eishin. Few years later he started to work for Ii Naosuke of Ii clan in Hikone as an official painter, he was given a samurai status. Ii Naosuke was assassinated in 1860, after that Eitaku started travel through the country, and then settled in Nihonbashi.[1]

After he left the Kanō school to produce ukiyo-e, it is said that the ukiyo-e painter Kawanabe Kyōsai took care of him.[2] He studied different styles of painting, both Ming and Western; he studied ukiyo-e with Yoshitoshi and started to produce colourful prints after c. 1870. he also worked as an illustrator for the Yokohama mainichi shimbun newspaper, and created illustration for books.[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.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Collections Online | British Museum". britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b Kanbara 2006, p. 162.

Works cited[edit]

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

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