In the waning days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Western-influenced painting styles became prominent in Japan. Beginning with tools and technique, then style and perception, gradually more and more artists here began to expand their artistic repertoire by making a trip to Europe to learn firsthand.
One of three special exhibitions celebrating the museum’s 20th anniversary this year, “Modern Art — Western Painting in Japan” will showcase the Tanabe City Museum of Art’s extensive accumulation of Japanese works that were inspired by European artists. The paintings on display use a wide range of formats including oil, water color and pastel. (Mark Jarnes)