Tanomura Chikuden

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Detail of Boating on the Inagawa river (1829).

Tanomura Chikuden (July 14, 1777 - October 20, 1835[1][2]) was a Japanese painter of the Edo period. He is known for his depictions of nature, often melancholic in style.


Tanomura Chikuden was born in July 14, 1777 in Bungo Province, Japan.[3] In the beginning of his lifetime, he had been planning on being a scholar of Confucius. As a young man, he also was interested in painting. He was able to study under a local painter from his area. He then became more interested in painting and then became a student of the bunjin-ga painter Tani Bunchō. He dedicated a part of his life to seeking reform from the lords in which he lived under. There had been rebellions and uprisings in order to try to persuade the reforms. He eventually decided to retire and focus his attention to painting and was consequently able to truly develop his own personal style.[4]

He died on October 20, 1835 in Ōsaka, Japan.[3]


Tanomura Chikuden developed his style in a way that emphasized his gentle strokes and melancholy tone. His artwork usually included the subject matter of flowers, birds, and landscapes. He also wrote works on the Nanga school, of which the Sanchūjin jōzetsu (The Recluse's Tattle) is the best known.[4]


  1. ^ The Great Japan Exhibition: Art of the Edo Period 1600-1868, ISBN 0297780352
  2. ^ Tanomura Chikuden - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  3. ^ a b "Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835)". ArtFact. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tanomura Chikuden". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

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