Kazunori Ishibashi (1876 – 1928) The information below was kindly provided by Reiko Yoshimura, Head Librarian of the Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution He was born in Shimane Prefecture, and studied Japanese style painting with Taki Katei but moved to western-style painting. In 1903 entered Royal Academy in London and graduated in 1907. Stayed in England and became a member of Royal Portrait Society. He was well-known in England as a realistic portrait painter. Returned to Japan in 1918. Returned to England in 1921 and to Japan in 1924. During his career, his works were accepted by the prestigious exhibitions such as Bunten and Teiten exhibitions. He also re-introduced modern British painting to Japan.