- Kaiho Yusetsu
- Kosekiko and Choryo
- With mounting
- color and gold background on paper
- Signature"行年七十四翁 海北友雪斎図" and seal on the lower left of the 2nd panel.
海北友雪(Kaiho Yusetsu) is a painter of Kaiho School, born in Kyoto. His father is Kaiho Yusho, who is a painter as well. Yusetsu learned painting from his father at first, and then turned to 狩野探幽(Kano Tanyu).
He was recommended by the 徳川家光(Tokugawa Iemitsu) through 春日局(Kasuga no Tsubone) so that he revived the clan of 海北(kaiho) successfully.
Affected by the Kano School and Yamato-e ( classical Japan decorative paintings), he established the Kaiho School with a decorative style and took part in to the production of wall paintings of the emperor architecture in his later years.
While Yusetsu's eldest son became a Buddhist priest, 海北友竹(Kaiho Yuchiku) took over his painting business. Since then, the clan of Kaiho continued in order of 友雪(Yusetsu)-友竹(Yuchiku)-友泉(Yusen)-友三(Yuzo)-友徳(Yutoku)-友樵(Yusho)-友真(Yushin) until the Meiji era, had become a clan that under the government's thumb, working for the Imperial Palace.