Takahashi Yuichi was a pioneer of Western-style oil painting, or yôga.
He studied under Kawakami Tôgai, among others. He lived in Shanghai for several years from 1871-1873, during which time he may have had more contact with Western art. He then returned to Japan and established his own art school at Nihonbashi in 1873.
Among Yuichi's most famous works are a portrait of the Meiji Emperor completed in 1880, and a still life of a salmon on a wooden board (both painted on canvas) which caused a sensation when shown in 1877; he is known for his exceptional realism.
- Michael Sullivan, The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art, University of California Press (1989), 121-122.
- Conrad Schirokauer, David Lurie, and Suzanne Gay, A Brief History of Japanese Civilization, Wadsworth Cengage (2013), 181.
- Schirokauer, et al., 179.