Hasegawa Tohaku


Hasegawa Tohaku 長谷川等伯
Hasegawa Toohaku

1539 - March 19, 1610

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Japanese painter and founder of the Hasegawa school of Japanese painting during the Azuchi-Momoyama period of Japanese history.

The man known today as Hasegawa Tōhaku was born in 1539 in Nanao, a town in Noto Province (located in the vicinity of present-day Ishikawa prefectures) to a noted local family of cloth dyers, although evidence shows that Tōhaku's original family name was Okumura and that he was adopted into the Hasegawa family.

Tōhaku started his artistic career as a painter of Buddhist paintings in his home province of Noto. By the age of twenty Tōhaku was a professional painter, and by his thirties, had moved to Kyoto to study under the prestigious Kanō School, then headed by Kanō Shōei.

After Eitoku's death in 1590, Tōhaku stood alone as the greatest living master of his time. Becoming an official painter for Hideyoshi, producing some of his greatest and most elegant paintings. He and his atelier produced the wall and screen paintings in Shounji temple commissioned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1593. The paintings moved to Chishaku-in Temple, Kyoto and survived.

At the age of 67, Tōhaku was summoned to Edo and granted the priestly title of hōgen by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.There he stayed for the remainder of his life.
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Haiku and Senryu

winter evening--
Tohaku hides the mountains
behind snowclouds

Larry Bole

source : Photo
snowy evening by Gabi Greve

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