Kawanabe Kyōsai (aka, Kawanabe Gyosai) (Japanese, 1831–1889): Bee on Melon.

Kawanabe Kyōsai (aka, Kawanabe Gyosai) (Japanese, 1831–1889): Bee on Melon.

“Living through the Edo period to the Meiji period, Kyōsai witnessed Japan transform itself from a feudal country into a modern state. Born at Koga, he was the son of a samurai … After working for a short time as a boy with Utagawa Kuniyoshi, he received his artistic training in the Kanō school …”

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