Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan’s leading expert on Chinese painting.
In the 1880s, an economic boom in Japan encouraged a renaissance of traditional color woodblock painting. Kashû blended the contemporary interest in woodblock prints with East Asia’s centuries-old fascination with artistic depictions of birds and flowers.
Ogata Kōrin was a Japanese Asian Antiquities artist who was born in 1658. Their work was featured in numerous exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Langen Foundation.
Koson (aka Shoson or Hoson) was born in Kanazawa with the given name Matao Ohara. He began his artistic career studying painting under the Shijo-style master Kason.
The son of silk dyer, Kuniyoshi Utagawa was born into the Igusa family in Edo. Little is known about his very early years, though he is said to have shown remarkable talent from a young age.