Kano Sansetsu

From SamuraiWiki
Jump to navigationJump to search
"The Old Plum," a set of fusuma paintings by Kanô Sansetsu, c. 1647, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Kanô Sansetsu was an early Edo period head of the Kanô school of painting.

He succeeded his adoptive father Kanô Sanraku as the head of the Kyoto Kanô school upon Sanraku's death in 1635.[1]

Most of Sansetsu's surviving works are fusuma paintings used as decoration in Buddhist temples. His style is said to have played a role in influencing or inspiring Eccentric painters such as Itô Jakuchû and Soga Shôhaku.[2]

Sansetsu was the chief compiler of the Honchô gashi, a volume generally regarded as the first "complete" history of Japanese painting. The compilation of the volume was continued under Sansetsu's son Kanô Einô.[3]


  1. Penelope Mason. History of Japanese Art. Second Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. pp258-259.
  2. Gallery labels, "Tiger Drinking from a Raging River," LACMA.[1]
  3. "Honchou Gashi." JAANUS: Japan Architecture and Art Net Users System. 2001. Accessed 30 December 2011.