Mori Sosen

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Mori Sosen (森 狙仙, 1747 – August 18, 1821[1]) was a Japanese painter of the Shijō school during the Edo period.

Mori Sosen is famous for his many paintings depicting monkeys. He also painted other animals, such as deer, boars, and peafowl. Robert van Gulik called him "an undisputed master" of the painting of the Japanese macaque. When a gibbon was brought in Japan by the Dutch in 1809, creating somewhat of a sensation (gibbons had long been depicted by Japanese artists, based on Chinese paintings of the animal, but no one in Japan had seen a live gibbon for centuries), it was Mori who had created a graphic record of this event as well.[2]

It is unknown whether he was born in Osaka, Nagasaki, or Nishinomiya, but he lived in Osaka for most of his life.[3][circular reference]



  1. ^ The Great Japan Exhibition: Art of the Edo Period 1600-1868, ISBN 0297780352
  2. ^ Robert van Gulik, The gibbon in China. An essay in Chinese animal lore. E.J. Brill, Leiden, Holland. (1967). Pages 98-99.
  3. ^ "Japanese Wikipedia". Retrieved 2017-11-08.