Ikeda Terukata (1883 ~ 1921)

Ikeda Terukata (池田輝方), born in Tokyo as Ikeda Seishirō (池田正四郎), was the son of a carpenter. He initially studied Japanese painting with Mizuno Toshikata (水野年方), who gave him the name Terukata, and later with Kawai Gyokudō (河合玉堂). During this time, Terukata got engaged and then married Sakakibara Shōen (榊原松煙), who was also a student of Toshikata and took the surname Ikeda after their marriage. After the engagement, Terukata left Toshikata’s studio for about five years, during which he focused on creating kuchi-e, bijin-ga, and triptychs depicting the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) battles.
Terukata is also remembered for being the teacher of the Japan-based French ukiyo-e artist Paul Jacoulet. He formed the Ugo-kai with Kaburaki Kiyokata and Ono Shizukata, excelling in genre painting that drew from ukiyo-e. He also participated in the formation of the Jyusui-kai (Hitotsubashi Alumni Association) along with Ishi Rinkyo and others.
Throughout his career, Terukata significantly contributed to the renewal of the ukiyo-e style, integrating modern and traditional techniques in his works, which are today valued for their artistic and historical significance.