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It is often difficult to fathom how an artist so popular in his own time slides into oblivion in subsequent generations. 2010 has been a good year for one such artist, Komura Settai (1887-1940), who in his time was a prolific creator, producing illustrations, woodblock prints and stage designs. His recent artistic rehabilitation began with a large-scale exhibition of his varied career at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, followed by a special edition of the art monthly “Geijutsu Shincho” dedicated to the artist.

“The World of Komura Settai: The Aesthetic Sense and Sensibility of an Unknown Virtuoso Painter” continues the renewed interest in the artist’s oeuvre with a show of around 60 works drawn from a collection inherited by Komura’s only pupil, Yamamoto Takeshi, and now housed at the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum in Kyoto.

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