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44. Hirai Baisen (1889-1969)
Nihonga
Tenjinbashi
Signed: Baisen sha
Seals: Baisen
Technique: sumi and colours on silk 96,3 x 34,9
Date: early 1910s
Mounting: blue grey damask and bronze silk
ivory rollers, 180 x 39,1
Condition: a little soiled, otherwise good

Tenjinbashi (Tenjin Bridge) crosses the Yodogawa (Yodo River) in Osaka.

Baisen graduated from the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts in 1906. Unlike his fellow students he continued his studies independently. One year after his graduation, in 1907, he already exhibited at the Bunten and he continued to do so every year, developing and adapting his style. In 1913 he travelled to China after which he started to paint "continental scenes". As an artist he was successful and well-to-do. In the late 1920s, however, he received some unfavourable reviews and critical comments from his colleagues. After 1931 he only rarely participated in exhibitions. He did not exhibit at all after the Second World War.

Reference:
Berry & Morioka ‘99 p. 270-75
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 265-66 (# 54-57, 73-74)
Berry '01 p.190
Roberts p. 43
Araki p. 2262
Aburai p. 324-325

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