Wonderful Japanese scroll painting of Mt. Fuji surrounded by mist, with small birds and reeds in foreground, painted in light colors on silk, signed: by Kazan, of Gaishi Studio. Total size: 33 1/2" wide x 69" high. painting size: 15 1/2" high x 26 1/2" wide. "Biog.:1793-1841 Painter. Born in Edo, son of a samurai. Served Lord Miyake, of the impoverished Tawara clan. In 1838 imprisoned on false charges by the Tokugawa government; death sentence commuted to permanent house arrest; committed suicide on October 11, 1841. Poet, scholar, patriot, national hero as well as painter. Member of Shoshikai, a group that met to study Dutch learning; a promoter of Western knowledge in Japan. At 17, pupil of Tani Buncho, from whom he learned technique of painting flowers in the style of early Ching period; then studied under the nanga painter Kaneko Kinryo. Also learned Western-style painting. His sketches of landscapes and his kachoga, not too far from the nanga style, are deft and amusing. Also adopted Western laws of chiaroscuro and perspective but used only Japanese painting media; gave volume to his figures by means of shading and anatomical drawing. Really outside any mainstream of Japanese painting: independent, naturalistic artist, one of most distinguished of his period." -A Dictionary of Japanese Artists, Published by Weatherhill, Tokyo, New York.