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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Artists Biographies

Kanpo Arai 1878-1945

Kanpo was a painter and printmaker during the Meiji and Taisho era. Born in Tochigi prefecture under the name of Kanjuro to a son of Fujikichi, a painter who had a style of Nanga, Kanjuro learned History paintings and genre paintings from Mizuno, Toshikata (1866-1908). 

In 1900 he was given a name of ‘Kanpo’ by his master. He was trained Buddhism through Kokasha, a publishing company, where he worked from 1902. With Buddhist paintings he won numerous art competitions.  

In 1916, the artist was invited by Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore to India as an art teacher. During his stay, Kanpo visited a Buddhist cave, Ajanta caves for his art project. Having being back to Japan, Kanpo produced Buddhism related art works and received well from the public. Between 1924 and 1926 the artist travelled around China and Europe in order to develop his styles.