Past Exhibitions

Kano Eitoku and Hasegawa Tohaku
April 14, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Kano Eitoku (1543-90), the legendary master of the Kano School, won the acclaim and patronage of the powerful daimyō warlords Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi with his unprecedentedly bold and powerful painting style, and held sway over the world of Japanese painting in the Momoyama Period (1573-1600).
However, there was another painter who delivered a challenge to Eitoku and the Kano School he led. His name was Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610). Born in Nanao in Noto Province, Tōhaku made his way to Kyoto when already past 30 years of age, and gradually built up a following until he began to threaten the Kano School's hegemony.
During his early years he was adept at depicting fine details, and later he evolved a dynamic mature style. For a time he was a specialist priest-painter and is actually said to have studied Kano School painting at one point. Here, please enjoy the counterpoint between masterpieces by these two great arch-rivals.

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