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.