Art / Openings In Tokyo

'Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective'

TOKYO STATION GALLERY

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 31-Oct. 20

Born in Ginza, Tokyo, Ryusei (Riusei) Kishida (1891-1929), the son of Kishida Ginko (1833-1905), a Meiji Era (1868-1912) journalist and pioneering businessman, is known to have established a unique style of modern painting in Japan.

As a young, self-taught watercolor artist, Kishida was encouraged to study painting and became a student of yōga (Western-style painting). Though he was initially influenced by post-impressionists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse, he later incorporated realism into his works to develop his own unique style.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary since his death, this exhibition brings together 150 Kishida works spanning his career. Presented in chronological order, featured paintings include the Important Cultural Property “Road Cut Through a Hill” (1915), “Self-Portrait”(1921) and the portrait of his daughter, “Reiko, Five Years Old” (1918).

Tokyo Station Gallery; 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Tokyo Stn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,100. Closed Mon. 03-3212-2485; www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery
 
Ticket Giveaway: We have five pairs of tickets to “Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective” at Tokyo Station Gallery to give to readers. The ticket giveaway is now online only. To apply, visit jtimes.jp/tickets. Deadline: Aug. 20.