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Born Matsumura Naoji, Keibun lived and worked in Kyoto. He began his artistic career as a sihjo painter, studying with his elder brother Matsumura Goshun and Maruyama Okyo. Well educated art theories of the Ming and Ch’ing dynasties, Keibun established himself as a leading artist of his generation by 1818, securing the standing of the shijo school. In terms of prints, he is known for his delicate and elegantly composed studies of birds and flowers (kacho-e). In addition to his artistic career, he served as an attendant to Prince Shinnin, who had taken Buddhist vows. Myoshoin, located in Kyoto, owns many of Keibuns paintings, as he lived in this Buddhist temple for a time.