Signature and seal: Ganku
Technique: handpainted on silk
Size: 70 x 186 cm / 27,5'' x 73,2''
Ganku 岸駒 (1749 or 1756 - January 19, 1839), or more formally Kishi Ganku, was a noted Japanese painter of the late Edo period and founder of the Kishi school of painting. He is perhaps best known for his paintings of tigers.
Ganku was born in Kanazawa as Kishi Saeki, studied painting styles including those of Chinese painter Shen Nanpin and the Maruyama school, and arrived in Kyoto around 1780. By the late 18th century, Ganku's paintings were appreciated by patrons that included the imperial family, leading to a position under Prince Arisugawa. His students included his son, Gantai (1782–1865), son-in-law Ganryou(1797–1852), adopted son Renzan (1804–59), Yokoyama Kazan (1784–1837), Shirai Kayou (fl. ca 1840-60), and Kawamura Bumpou (1779–1821). He was made honorary governor of Echizen (Echizen no kami) toward the end of his life.
Ganku died on January 19, 1839, in Kyoto.
His pseudonyms are
Doukoken, Doko, Kayo, Kakando, Kotokan, Tenkaio.