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For Marie Omata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Tokutechikai Buddhism Art'

Jan 8, 2014

'Tokutechikai Buddhism Art'

Pure Land Buddhism, which began in India around the 2nd century B.C., offered a path to salvation for those who found difficulties with the more rigorous forms of Buddhist practice. It later spread to China and, by the 6th century, to Japan, where it ...

'Arcadia on the Shore: Puvis de Chavannes's Mythic World'

Dec 25, 2013

'Arcadia on the Shore: Puvis de Chavannes's Mythic World'

French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) is best known as a leading mural painter whose masterpieces are displayed on many monumental buildings in France. His paintings often use delicate colors suggestive of Italian Renaissance fresco painting, and though he trained with Romanticists, such ...

'16th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition'

Dec 18, 2013

'16th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition'

This is the 16th annual show of up-and-coming Japanese artists who have studied on the Overseas Study Program for Artists, funded by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. This program has offered young, promising artists in all genres overseas opportunities since 1967, and the “Domani” ...

'Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston'

Dec 18, 2013

'Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston'

Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849), one of Japan’s best-known Edo Period ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists, has garnered admiration from across the world for more than a century. His prints are still sought after by collectors and he was the only Japanese to be selected by Life ...

'Gustave Moreau et Georges Rouault: Filiation'

Sep 4, 2013

'Gustave Moreau et Georges Rouault: Filiation"

Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), the leading French Symbolist painter, was also a professor at Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts. He taught many well-known artists but he was particularly enamored with Georges Rouault (1871-1958), who he sometimes referred to as his “son.” Moreau encouraged Rouault throughout ...

'Takeuchi Seiho: The Master of Modern Nihonga'

Aug 28, 2013

'Takeuchi Seiho: The Master of Modern Nihonga'

As a founder of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942)was a pioneer in modernizing traditional Kyoto art. His works were a major influence on many of his younger peers, including Tsuchida Bakusen (1887-1936), and continue to inspire today. This is the first large-scale exhibition ...