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KAZAN, Watanabe (1793 - 1841), Painter

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
KAZAN, Watanabe (1793 - 1841), Painter

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Japanese, 19th century, male.

Born 1793, in Edo (now Tokyo); died 1841.

Painter. Portraits, genre scenes.

Kazan’s tragic life and work are emblematic of the difficult period in Japanese history. He stands out as an innovator who nevertheless remained a traditionalist, straddling the transition from the old regime to the modern era and from a pictorial tradition in decline to its revitalisation with ideas from the West.

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