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KANSAI

“Paintings by Poets”

TANABE CITY MUSEUM OF ART

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Despite a lack of artistic training, there have been many writers, particularly poets, who have been able to use their critical thinking, aesthetic sense and imagination to create surprisingly ambitious and sensitive paintings. Visual art provided such writers with another medium that could embody their repressed inner feelings.

This relationship between the world of literature and art is explored through paintings by popular Japanese poets, including Hideo Oguma (1901-1940), Haruo Sato (1892-1964) and Toshihiko Katayama (1898-1961); till Nov 4.

Tanabe City Museum of Art; (0739) 24-3770; 24-43, Takinaicho, Tanabe, Wakayama; Kiitanabe Station, JR Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥600. Closed Mon (except Oct 8), Oct 9. www.city.tanabe.lg.jp/bijutsukan.