European Lady

Hiraga GennaiLate 18th century

Kobe City Museum

Kobe City Museum
24 Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan

This work bears the signature “Gennai" and is thought to be the only extant oil painting by Hiraga Gennai (1728-1779), the leading theorist of Western-style painting in the late Edo Period. Born in Shido, Sanuki province (now Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku), he was a well leaned and multi-talented man, also famous for joururi (ballad drama), etc.


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