Maeda Seison

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Nihonga painter from Gifu Prefecture. A student of Kajita Hanko, Seison was an important member of the Songakai and Kōjikai art associations. Alongside Kobayashi Kokei and Yasuda Yukihiko, he is regarded as one of the three outstanding nihonga masters of the Japan Art Institute. His artistic range includes history painting, the human figure and bird-and-flower painting, for which he used refined lines and techniques such as tarashikomi (a wet-in-wet pooling effect). Member of the Imperial Art Academy and Imperial Household Artist, jury member of the Nitten exhibitions. Seison also served as a professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts, was designated a Person of Cultural Merit and received the Order of Culture.


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