The Easel

How Art Historians Cracked the Case of Enigmatic Japanese Painter Hasegawa Tōhaku

Tōhaku was one of the great artists of late 16th century Japan. But where did he come from? A painting in New York may answer this question. He was probably a rural painter who moved to Kyoto and, at some point, changed his name. Impressive if true – Kyoto was known for its bold techniques while Tōhaku’s later works are nearly minimalist. More images are here and a video here.