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Nagayama Kôin (1765-1849)
Portrait of Bashô
Signed: Kôin
Seals: Kôin
Technique: sumi and colours on paper 18,5 x 50,1
Condition: very good

Kôin was born in Akita. He went to Kyoto at the invitation of Murase Kotei (1747-1818) and became a pupil of Go Shun. From Kyoto he moved to Osaka to become a talented writer of kyôka and a Confucian scholar.

Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) is the most famous haiku poet in Japanese history. His deep humanity, intense observation of the natural world, and depth of spirit combined to elevate the haiku tradition to its epitome.

Araki p.393
Mitchell p. 104
Hillier p. 279-85