Nihonga (Japanese-style) artist Kawai Gyokudo’s nostalgic imagery of nature and people made him a national favorite in Japan. Combining the teachings of the Kano and Maruyama-shijo schools of the late 19th century, Gyokudo (1873-1957) achieved a distinctive style that earned him the Order of Culture from the Japanese Government in 1940.
This retrospective, which commemorates the 140th anniversary of his birth, is the first time the Yamanate Museum of Art presents its entire collection of Gyokudo’s work. Not only does the exhibition display the museum’s 70 key pieces, but it also includes a recently rediscovered work and rarely seen items such as his sketch books and paintings on pottery; till Aug. 8.
Yamatane Museum of Art; (03) 5405-8686; 3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Ebisu Station, Hibiya Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. (except July 15), July 16. www.yamatane-museum.jp
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