Painting women of Japan

Jun 2, 2015

Painting women of Japan

by Alice Gordenker

Ask an art lover to name Japanese women artists active before the 20th century, and chances are they’ll draw a blank, despite the fact that many highly accomplished women were painting in far-earlier times. Fortunately, there is now rising interest in understanding the lives ...

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

May 5, 2015

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

by Sachiko Tamashige

One of the joys of visiting Tokyo’s Nezu Museum in early May, is to catch the annual showing of one of the museum’s most famous works, Ogata Korin’s “Irises,” before stepping outside to appreciate the real irises blooming in its garden. This spring, Korin’s ...

Nihonga didn't ignore the West

Feb 26, 2015

Nihonga didn't ignore the West

by Matthew Larking

From the early 1880s, painting in Japan became bisected. Yōga was used to categorize works in oils that were inspired by European painting movements and nihonga became the umbrella term for a whole array of earlier Japanese painting traditions that were later modernized. The ...

'Seiho Takeuchi'

Feb 5, 2015

'Seiho Takeuchi'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Seiho Takeuchi (1864-1942), a pioneer of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), whose influence on the genre helped it develop even further from its traditional restraints. Having traveled around Europe for seven months when he was 36, ...

Less meant more to Shunso Hishida

Oct 16, 2014

Less meant more to Shunso Hishida

by C.B. Liddell

It’s no secret that the Japanese art world was going through major changes at the end of the 19th century. On the one hand, there was a flood of Western art styles, called yōga, offering exciting new possibilities, while, on the other, there was ...

The Uemuras were not quite like mother, like son

Jun 18, 2014

The Uemuras were not quite like mother, like son

by Matthew Larking

Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) was born to Shoen Uemura, the most revered and financially successful female painter of the early modern period, who arguably did more to popularize the bijinga genre (pictures of beautiful women) than any other. Artistically, however, his mother is said to ...

'Shoko Uemura'

May 21, 2014

'Shoko Uemura'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) was the eldest son of renowned nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Shoen Uemura (1875-1949). Like his mother, Shoko trained in nihonga, and he became widely acclaimed for his kachō -ga (paintings of flowers and birds). Known to challenge the refined compositions of traditional ...

All-genre focus is the key to Art Fair Tokyo's success

Mar 6, 2014

All-genre focus is the key to Art Fair Tokyo's success

by Edan Corkill

It is difficult to criticize Art Fair Tokyo, the commercial art fair that celebrates its ninth edition at Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho this weekend. Truth be told, it’s a wonder that the event has reached nine editions at all, what with the inherent ...

'Flying Expressions from  the New Collection'

Feb 19, 2014

'Flying Expressions from the New Collection'

by Hanna Lange

This exhibition focuses on the different forms of artistic expression of Maki Yamashita (1890-1973), Ryonosuke Shimomura (1923-1998) and Jun Tsukawaki (1952-), whose works were acquired by the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City, in 2012. Yamashita is known for his “re-coating” technique for his ...

'The Masterpieces of Nihonga'

Jan 22, 2014

'The Masterpieces of Nihonga'

by Hanna Lange

This exhibition of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) is divided into various themes and comprises works from the late 19th century to today, collected from 60 different locations in Japan. Highlights include a display of six designated Important Cultural Properties, one of which depicts the Buddhist ...