Japanese painter flourished through the Meiji and Taisho eras.
Fuko was born in Hitachi Province (present Ibaraki Prefecture) in the 11th
year of the Tenpo era in the Tokugawa Shogunate period.
His real given name was Toshiro.
Fuko is a pseudonym.
In 1853, he went to Edo and studied painting, first, under Oki Ichiga,
later, under Satake Eikai.
In 1868, the year the Meiji Restoration occurred, Fuko became a disciple
of Kikuchi Yosai and started studying historical painting.
Fuko mainly painted figures from historical scenes, though, he also depicted
designs of Japanese potteries and illustration of magazines & newspapers.
Fuko participated in establishing the Nihon Bijutsu-In (Japan Art Academy).
He also established a private school (Anga-do Gajuku) and cultivated Imamura
Shiko, Hayami Gyoshu and other important painters.
In 1919, Fuko became a member of the Teikoku Bijutsu-In.
He deceased in the 12th year of the Taisho era at the age of 84.
Highest Value = about US$35 thousand