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Insho sets his heart to become a Japanese painter (Taisho period to beginning of Showa period)
Insho Domoto was born in 1891 with his given name Sannosuke. He was the third son of a family that ran a sake brewery for generations called Tanbaya in the Kamigyoku district of Kyoto city. His father, Gohe while running his family business had deep knowledge about antiques, tea ceremony, flower arrangement,Haikai poetry as he was acquainted with artists such as his neighbour, Tessai Tomioka.
Insho, being a boy that loved reading and drawing pursued his studies in the design department at Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts after graduating elementary school. He was absorbed in the quarterly magazine that was published for students. Being fascinated by the illustration in the paper of how it expressed the touch of the lively everyday life, Insho himself submitted an illustration for the magazine that was chosen and even won a prize. As such, the glimpse of his future had been seen from his early days. Upon graduation, he continued to study at Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting and set his heart to become a painter.
The picture of Insho at the age of 16.-1907
However, his father failed in his business ventures and passed away when Insho was 20. To support the household, instead of his two brothers who were already independent, he started a job as a designer. While working at the design department of Mitsukoshi, drawing patterns for kimonos and kimono sashes at Heizo Tatsumura's textile factory in Nishijin, he did not forget his dream to become a painter. In 1918 with the support of Tatsumura who had been approving Insho's talent, he finally entered Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting at the age of 27. In the following year, his work "Landscape of Fukakusa” was already accepted for the first Teiten Exhibition for the first time. Here, he started to walk his path as a Japanese painter.
"Landscape of Fukakusa" -1919.
1st TEITEN exhibition

At villa in Shirahama
Since making a debut at the Teiten Exhibition, Insho started to show an outstanding success. In 1920, he entered Suisho Nishimura's Shokosha, a private school for painting and after graduating the Special School of Painting, he continued to study at the graduate school. In the 3rd Teiten Exhibition in 1921, his work "Women Playing Football" which illustrated a person wearing traditional clothes, won a special award. At the 6th Teiten Exhibition in 1925, his work, a large painting of Buddhist themes, "Kegon” received the Teikoku-Bijutsuin Sho award. It was drawn in a mandala style, which is a symbol representing the universe, illustrating Bukkyo Setsuwa, a Buddhist narrative, where Zenzai-doji makes a tour to visit 53 Zen-chishiki (a person who offers spiritual friendship and guidance to visitors) and eventually attains spiritual enlightenment.
Soon after this, by submitting "Princess Konohanasakuya" which became the most famous and popular painting amongst his works to the 10th Teiten Exhibition in 1929 and presenting many great works, he established himself in the art world. .

※His age mentioned above are calculated in the Western style system of that year

"Princess Konohanasakuya" -1929.
10th TEITEN exhibition


 2.His heart towards religion (from beginning of Showa period / success as a partition painter)

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