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 Maruyama Okyo  (1733 - 1795)

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Lived/Active: Japan      Known for: painting

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Maruyama Okyo is one of the giants of Edo-period painting. The son of an impoverished farmer, he was largely self-taught, but he apparently had access to Chinese painting and imported prints with Western perspective. He was one of the first Japanese painters to make extensive sketches from nature, a practice his students emulated. Okyo's mature style tempers the realism of close observation with a flair for bold compositions. He became spectacularly successful, winning major commissions from (showing 500 of 709 characters).

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