Here are the points how great Itō Jakuchū is!
His ways of drawing flowers and birds are very realistic and graphical way of expressing the details.
He is an artist who is representative of Japan, his active career was created in Kyoto in the middle of Edo era.
He was born as the first son in the family, they run the wholesale of vegetables and fruits near the area called
kitchen of Kyoto, Nishiki-koji. He was a boy in quite a rich family.
However, he was not interested in his family business at all. After his father died, he took over his family
business as the 4th generation but he was not serious about the business. He was interested only in drawing but
anything such as drinking and all the entertainment in the world. He did not have his wife, either and he was very
weird. That was all about Jakuchū.
His drawing, especially his ways of drawing flowers and birds are very realistic and graphical way of expressing
the details. You will be surprised at being exactly alike. After he learned the ways of drawing by house name
called Kano, he dumped them and moved out to the realistic way of drawing. Why did he have such a talent for
drawing chickens and flowers precisely and realistically? It was based on his birth talent naturally. Jakuchū had
few friends as he was not interested in all the entertainments, drinking and girls. In those circumstances, his
ways of living ended up with watching silky fowls and flowers his family keeps and drawing them every day. He had
just focusing on drawing chickens which were moving around and blooming flowers every day without getting bored,
lead to excellent drawings as much as people are stunned.
It is funny but mystery that his way of living seems to be so boring in spite of his ways of gorgeous touch of
paintings and expressing well about drawing his vivid and bright world.