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Imao Keinen (1845-1924)
Matsu, pine - Sennen suishoku shin, ten thousend years of deep green
Signed: Keinen gashi
Seals: Imao Eikan, Keinen
Technique: sumi on silk 31 x 42
Date: 1915
Mounting: grey gold brocade and beige grey damask
130 x 55
Box: Authorized by his son and pupil Imao Keishô (1902-1993)
Condition: fine

Imao Keinen studied under Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-1891). During the uprisings marking the end of the Tokugawa regime the Imao house was destroyed. Released from his family's business he was able to devote all his time to art and he established his own studio in 1868 where he trained many students. In 1888 he started teaching at the Kyôto Art Academy. He was a dedicated teacher, who always took much effort and who was greatly concerned with the progress of his pupils.

Morioka & Berry ‘99 pp. 122-125
Morioka & Berry ‘08 # 11
Aburai p. 47-48
Roberts p. 53
Araki p. 2049
Hillier p. 353