Mori Sosen 森狙仙

森狙仙 Mori Sosen (1747-1821)
Painter of the mid- to late-Edo period. He first studied the Kano school, but later switched to the sketchy style with a touch of the Maruyama school, and gained fame as a unique painter specializing in animal paintings, especially those of monkeys. In 1807, after his 60th birthday, he changed his name from 祖仙 to 狙仙. The style of Sosen's paintings, in which humorous anthropomorphic monkeys and deer are depicted with unrivaled detail and skill, is characterized by a modern fusion of stylishness and technicality.