Biography of Japanese Painter

Kano Eitoku (1543 - 1590)

Painter who lived during the Azuchi-Momoyama (Sengoku, 1573 - 1603) period.
The 5th head of the kano school.

Eitoku was born as the eldest son of Kano Shoei, the 4th head of the Kano.
Eitoku's given name is Genshiro.

In 1552, Kano Motonobu, the 3rd head of the Kano, took his grandson Eitoku to the palace to have an audience with Ashikaga Yoshiteru, the 13th Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate (Bakufu).

After he succeeded the head position of the Kano, he served under the great sovereigns, Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
He made many paintings on walls and Fusuma doors of the Azuchi, Jurakudai and Osaka castles.
Unfortunately, most of Eitoku's pieces of works were destroyed in the turmoils of the Sengoku period.
In 1590, he was producing the ceiling paintings of the Tofuku-Ji Temple, he suddenly got sick and died soon at the age of 48.

  • Kara-Jishi-zu, Singh Guardian Lions
  • Kacho-zu on Fusuma sliding doors at the Juko-In Temple
  • Hinoki-zu Byobu, Japanese cypress
  • Sennin Koshi-zu Byobu Saseki (Left), Hermits
  • Rakuchu Rakugaizu Byobu, Useki (Right)
  • Rakuchu Rakugaizu Byobu, Saseki (Left)
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