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1) Ito Jakuchu. Life: March 2, 1716 - October 27, 1800 (aged 84)
2) A Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world.
3) Many of his paintings concern traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds.
4) He held strong ties to Zen Buddhist ideals, and was considered a lay brother (koji); but he was also keenly aware of his role within a Kyoto society that was becoming increasingly commercial.
5) Compared to Soga Shohaku and other exemplars of the mid-Edo period eccentric painters, Jakuchu is said to have been very calm, restrained, and professional.
6) Legacy: Today, his work is held in several museums worldwide, including LACMA, Idemitisu Museum of Arts, etc.
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