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66. Hashimoto Kaikan (1854-1935)
Signed: Kaikan
Seals: Kaikan, Hakufunô (tp), Bunkô chûshin (bt)
Technique: colours on silk, 131.4 x 36.8
Date: 1919
Mounting: light green silk
198.5 x 50
Condition: good

The inscription remains unread
Kaikan was born in Akashi, Hyogo prefecture as the son of Hashimoto Bunsui, married to the painter Shôkei and the father of Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945). Kaikan continued his fathers position as Hanju, a confucianist teacher for the Akashi domain.

He taught Chinese studies and poetry and had a great reputation as a scholar. From all over the world people came to his house to hear his opinions on art as well as on scholarly matters.

He lived in Kobe and studied calligraphy with Kiro Ichimura. Kaikan was known as good poet, an even better calligrapher and as a self-taught painter.

Berry 2001 p. 191
Araki p. 1584