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Shibata, Zeshin

Born: 1807 AD
Died: 1891 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Artists, Painters

1807 – Born in Tokyo when it was still called Edo. Shibata Zeshin was Japan’s most outstanding nineteenth-century lacquer artist and painter.

1818 – At age eleven the young Shibata entered the workshop of a lacquer craftsman. Later he studied painting under Suzuki Nanrei and Okamoto Toyohiko.

         – He also studied painting in the naturalistic Shijo style and earned distinction during his lifetime for paintings that showed unusual creativity, including works painted in a special technique using lacquer.

1875-1876 – Zeshin participated as official representative of Japan in International exhibitions in Vienna, in Philadelphia and in Paris.

1890 – Became a member of the Imperial Art Academy.

         – He was appointed as member of the Art Committee of the Imperial household – one of the highest honors in those days.

1891 – Died at the age of 84.