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His real name is Shotaro (1879-1951). He was born in Shimodoi, Aioi City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Since his childhood, he had been good at painting, later he moved to Kyoto and studied painting pictures. Not long after he moved to Kyoto, he became a pupil of the great painter, Shonen Suzuki (First professional name: “百僊/Hyakusen”) and he was given his professional name “竹僊/Chikusen.” Shonen Suzuki is famous for forming one big artist group in Kyoto and produced many famous artists such as Shoen Uemura.
Hyakunen Suzuki, who is the father of Shoen Suzuki, was also an artist. In addition, when following his father’s genealogy, his father was from Ako City of Hyogo Prefecture. Shonen Suzuki took great care of Nishida because they are from the same region and it is said that Shoen gave one Chinese character from his name 百僊 /Hyakusen and give Nishida name as 竹僊/Chikusen.
Because of his outstanding painting ability, Chikusen Nishida supposed to go down in history of painting, however, he could not get on with Shonen Suzuki who was quick-tempered. In the latter year, he backed out of artist’s community in Kyoto, moved back to his home Aioi. It is said to have relieved his gloom by painting pictures in the countryside.« Back to Glossary Index