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TOKYO

“Giovanni Segantini: Light and Mountains”

SOMPO JAPAN MUSEUM OF ART

by Yuhei Wada

Staff Writer

The late 19th-century Italian artist Giovanni Segantini (1858-99) was so strongly inspired by the Swiss Alps that he moved there to paint at high altitudes. His early style of soft images in warm tones developed to brighter colors and more defined depictions that set him apart from the Impressionists of the time.

Some of his work also reflected the tough childhood he experienced, in particular the loss of his own mother when he was still a child in 1865.

For this retrospective of Segantini’s work — which was scheduled for April but was postponed due to the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake — around 60 paintings have been selected and brought to the Sompo Museum of Art from the Segantini Museum in Switzerland and various other sources; from Nov. 23, till Dec. 27.

Sompo Japan Museum of Art; (03) 5777-8600; 1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku; 5-min walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station, JR lines and Marunouchi and Oedo subway lines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.sompo-japan.co.jp/museum.