Genso Okuda, one of the leading figures in Japanese-style painting, died of heart failure Saturday at his home in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward, his family said. He was 90.

A native of Hiroshima Prefecture, Okuda began studying painting under Kibo Kodama after graduating from school in 1931.

Okuda opened new frontiers in modern Japanese-style painting of landscapes, combining the ink painting style of China and Japan with the colors of Western painting.

Okuda won a number of prizes, including the Cultural Order Award in 1981 and the Order of Cultural Merit in 1984.

He served as administrative director of the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten) for two years from 1977.

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