Mattia Jona, Master Drawings and Prints, Japanese Prints - Piazzetta Guastalla 5, 20122 Milan, Italy, tel (+39) 02 8053315


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Watanabe Seitei began training with the artist Kikuchi Yosai at the age of sixteen, followed by a brief period in the studio of the painter and lacquer artist, Shibata Zeshin. Six years later he was adopted by a literary friend of the family, Watanabe Koshi. In 1878 he travelled to the United States and Europe where he received a silver medal for a painting he submitted to the Paris Exposition. He remained in Paris for three years and became the first Nihonga artist to reside in Europe to study Western painting. When he returned from Europe he became well-known for his sensitive kacho-ga (bird and flower) images which utilized Japanese techniques while incorporating some Western sensibilities.

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