Remains of the Isobe Hyakurin Residence
Location: Uji-Imazaike Town, Ise City
Birth and Death: 1836-1906
Isobe Hyakurin was a Japanese painter who was active from the late Edo period through the end of Meiji period.
Hyakurin is a pseudonym. He was born in 1836 in Uji-Imazaike town as the eldest son (childhood name: Tetsutaro; Later: Ainosuke) of Isobe Motonobu, a priest at Naiku (the Inner Shrine.)
He aspired to be a painter from a young age, and he studied painting techniques from Hayashi Sorin, who lived in Ise. Later, he went to Kyoto and learned from Hasegawa Gyokuho. He became celebrated as a historic painter for establishing his own unique painting method that combined strength and calmness within the flowing painting style of the Shijo School. He also increased his fame by exhibiting his own works and winning awards at venues such as the Kyoto Fair, and he presented the Meiji Emperor with a painting called Futamigaura-no-E in 1905 during an Imperial visit to Ise. He made remarkable achievements in the history of painting by training numerous artists, including Nakamura Sashuu, Ito Shouha and more.
He passed away the following year (1906), leaving behind the farewell poem: “Katachi koso kiyure, inochi wa no ni yama ni (While my form may pass away, my life flows into the fields and mountains).”
August 2018 Ise City Board of Education