To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Taisei Sato, one of the leading nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artists of the postwar period, the Museum of Kyoto brings together around 120 works, including some newly restored paintings.
Born in 1913 in Kyoto, Sato moved at age 18 to Tokyo, where he became a live-in apprentice to the highly respected nihonga artist Kibo Kodama. He studied for a decade with Kodama before one of his paintings was selected for inclusion in a prominent art organization exhibition, and, with that, his finely wrought depictions of natural phenomena, such as fire, storms, scenery and animals achieved a high level of critical acclaim that stayed with him till his death in 2004.
Dec. 22-Feb. 9. The Museum of Kyoto; Sanjo-Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. Karasuma-Oike Stn. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon. 075-222-0888; www.bunpaku.or.jp