- 東アジア文化交渉研究 = Journal of East Asian cultural interaction studies (ISSN:18827748)
- vol.13, pp.31-57, 2020-03-31
The Portrait of Kimura Kenkado (owned by Osaka Prefectural Board of Education) was painted by TANI Buncho (1763-1841) in 1802. The grinning expression of KIMURA Kenkado (1736-1802) in the painting is unusual among East Asian portraits before the nineteenth century. The main questions addressed in this paper are : 1) the issue of the forgery of Kenkado's paintings, especially of his mid-career works, 2) the influence of ITO Jakuchu on the shifting style of Kenkado, and 3) the question of why Kenkado's later paintings adopted a more realistic mode of representation. Lastly, this paper will suggest the possibility that Kenkado's bereaved family specifically requested Buncho to paint the portrait of Kenkado with a smile. It is also argued that Buncho, as a close acquaintance and admirer of Kenkado, painted the portrait with a similar intent to his family.