ITO JAKUCHU

Itō Jakuchū (1716 - 1800) was a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world.  Many of Jakuchu's paintings concentrated on traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds with many of his otherwise traditional works display a great degree of experimentation with perspective, and with other very modern stylistic elements for the time.

Well-known and well-reputed in the Kyoto art community, Jakuchū received many commissions for screen paintings, and was at one time featured above a number of other notable artists at the time. In addition to personal commissions, Jakuchū was also commissioned to paint panels or screens for many Buddhist temples and shrines across Japan, including the very famous Rokuon-ji.