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Japan • 1831−1889
Since childhood, he was distinguished by his independent, abrupt and willful character. At the age of three, he drew his first frog. So similar that his mother immediately decided: the boy will be an artist and took her son not to anyone, but to the workshop of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Two years later, Maemura Tova became the young talent's new teacher, and it was he who gave the boy the nickname "gaki" - the demon of painting.
A hooligan, a "madman," a brothel-goer, a drunkard, and a bum. And, at the same time, the last virtuoso in traditional Japanese painting. He died of stomach cancer at the age of 59, leaving a gigantic legacy of thousands of drawings, caricatures, paintings, prints of all styles and genres.
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