Art / Openings Outside Tokyo

SAITAMA

'Morita Tsunetomo: A Retrospective'

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SAITAMA

by Yukari Tanaka

Feb. 1-March 22

Born in Saitama Prefecture, the early 20th-century artist Tsunetomo Morita (1881-1933) began his artistic career as a yōga (Western-style) painter. After graduating from the Tokyo Art School (present day Tokyo University of the Arts), he also began drawing manga and illustrations for magazines and newspapers.

In 1914, he spent a year in Europe producing works strongly influenced by the post-impressionist Paul Cezanne. After returning to Japan, he began focusing on nihonga (Japanese-style) painting throughout his later years.

This exhibition traces Morita’s early to late career by bringing together 250 works, including Western- and Japanese-style paintings, magazines, sketchbooks and related documents.

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; 9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama. Kita-Urawa Stn. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ¥1,100. Closed Mon. 048-824-0111; www.pref.spec.ed.jp/momas
 
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