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Mori Sosen (1747-1821) Japanese Painter, Edo Period

The painter is best known for his paintings of monkeys and other animals and birds. For most of his life Mori Sosen had lived in Osaka where he founded a school of animal painting with his brother.
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.
The artist even changed the first character of his name to one meaning 'monkey' when he was 61.

Mori Sosen -A Peacock (18th c, Edo period). Color and ink on silk

(britishmuseum.org, wikipedia, lacma.org, asi.si.edu)

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