Fukunaga Seihan 福永晴帆 (1884-1961)
Sources: Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Heritage https://www.tobunken.go.jp/materials/bukko/9061.html; Kakedo Japanese Art Gallery http://kagedo.com/wordpress/g/page/11/; SATEeee website https://hanging-scroll-kaitori.com/fukunagaseihan/ and as footnoted.
Fukunaga Seihan was born on May 15, 1881 in Asa-gun, Yamaguchi Prefecture. He studied Chinese poetry and classics under Takatori Gakuyō 鷹取岳陽 (1882-1917), which would later inform his kacho-e (bird and flower paintings) and nanga (literati painting). At the age of 16 he moved to Kyoto to study painting under Mori Kansai 森寛斎 (1814-1894), a Maruyama school painter, and he also studied with the landscape and kacho-e artist Oba Gakusen 大庭学僊 (1820-1889).
In 1908, he accompanied statesman and former Prime Minister Itō Hirobumi (1841-1909) on a tour of Korea, Peking and Shanghai. From 1910 until 1915, Fukunaga lived in Europe, studying art in England and later travelling to France to study water color and oil painting.1
Returning to Japan in 1915, he settled in Simodani, Tokyo and was accepted as an exhibitor in the the Bunten (Ministry of Education) Exhibition (Monbusho Bijutsu Tenrankai). He would go on to show his work at the Bunten's successor the Teiten, but mainly he would exhibit in solo exhibitions in keeping with what has been called his "independent nature". In 1924 he was granted an audience at the Akasaka Imperial Palace and one of his kachō (bird and flower) paintings was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency.
Fukunaga is most famous for his fusuma-e (sliding screen paintings), which can be found at Ninnaji Temple (Pine Tree paintings), Atsuta Shrine, Niwa temple, Munakata-Taisha shrine (see image below), and the Imperial Ise Shrines.