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KANAGAWA

“KAWAI Gyokudo: A Retrospective”

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, HAYAMA

by Yuhei Wada

Staff Writer

During the Meiji Era (1868-1912), nihonga (Japanese-style) artist Gyokudo Kawai (1873-1957) developed a new aesthetic of Japanese painting by mixing the styles of two popular schools of the time: the Kano school and the Maruyama-shijo school.

Throughout his career, Gyokudo’s great passion was to capture Japan’s vast landscapes, particularly the countryside, in soft and nostalgic tones. He is well known for subtle polychrome sumi-ink depictions that skillfully use flowing lines to give images a dynamic and yet often delicate impression.

This exhibition divides Gyokudo’s work into three sections focusing on the artist’s variety of styles and specific features of drawings to offer some understanding of how his style progressed.

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama; (046) 875-2800; 2208-1 Isshiki, Hayama-machi, Miura-gun, Kanagawa; 18 min. by Keihin Kyuko bus (Sangaoka bus-stop) from Zushi Station, JR Yokosuka line and Shin-zushi Station, Keihin Kyuko line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp.