Japanese Master – Painter of Primates


Image credit: from MET Entry for Kansetsu Hashimoto

Kansetsu Hashimoto is known for his sensitive nature/animal paintings.   Born in Kobe, Japan, in 1883, his father a Confucian scholar, his early years were strongly influenced by Chinese culture, which he grew to love – he spent much time in China  during his lifetime.   He visited Europe in the 1920’s, and subsequently, some of his work was influenced by the French Impressionists – he was also impressed by the work of Post-Impressionist painters Van Gogh and Gauguin.   In the 1930’s Hashimoto produced – almost exclusively – depictions of animals, especially monkeys, often in watercolor.   HIs “Dark Gibbons” (painted in 1933) was considered one of the best animal paintings of the Japanese Showa Era (1926-1989).   HIs former Kyoto residence is a museum.    Hashimoto’s “Monkeys – Mother and Baby” hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York.


See:  Japanese Encyclopedia, L. Frederic, Boston: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Nihonga: Transcending the Past: Japanese-style Painting, 1868-1968, E. P. Conant,  S.  D. Owyoung and J. T. Rimer, St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Art Museum.