Noguchi Yukoku 野口幽谷

野口幽谷 Noguchi Yukoku (1825-1898)
Nanga painter of the late Edo and Meiji periods. Born the son of a carpenter. He studied under Tsubaki Chinzan and excelled in flower-and-bird paintings. After Tsubaki's death, he became a personal admirer of Watanabe Kazan and honed his painting skills. After the Meiji era (1868-1912), he exhibited his works at expositions and exhibitions, and his talent was gradually recognized. Yukoku's style was inherited from his master, Chinzan, but was characterized by a rather stiff expression. He was a man of noble character and is also famous for having worn the topknot (Chonmage) throughout his life.