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Yamamoto Baiitsu (1783-1856)
Bleeding hearts
Signed: sha oite .. .. Baiitsu Ryô
Seals: Bôitsu
Technique: colours on paper 14 x 41,2
Date: 1831
Condition: minnor flaw, otherwise good

Baiitsu was born in Nagoya, son of a sculptor in the service of the Owari clan. Baiitsu studied painting with the Shijô painter Chô Gesshô (1772-1832) and he became a protégé of Kamiya Ten'yû (1721-1801), a wealthy collector of Chinese paintings in Nagoya. Together with Chikutô, another uchi deshi (resident pupil) they learned Chinese painting styles.

After the death of Ten’yû in 1802, both Chikutô and Baiitsu traveled to Kyoto. In 1803 Baiitsu traveled Japan (using Nagoya as his base). In 1814 he spent considerable time in Edo with Bunchô. Baiitsu as well as Chikutô were acquainted with many of their fellow bunjin like Shunkin, Chikuden and Okada Hankô (1782-1846). Baiitsu taught many pupils and together with Chikutō they were considered two best Nanga painters working in Nagoya. Baiitsu finally returned in 1854 to retire under the patronage of the Owari clan.

Roberts p. 7
Rosenfield p. 111-113
Cahill pp. 120,124
Addiss '76 p. 166