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PAINTING

Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 16, 2014
'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'
This traveling Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) exhibition has finally reached Tokyo's Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, bringing his masterpiece "The Sower" to the city for the first time in 30 years.
CULTURE / Art
Oct 2, 2014
'Willem de Kooning From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection'
As one of the pioneers of post-World War II abstract expressionism, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) used the unusual method of action painting, also known as gestural abstraction. This style often resembled Jackson Pollock's (1912-1956) method of dripping paint, but Kooning preferred aggressive brushwork,...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 25, 2014
The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores
If last week's Scottish independence referendum achieved anything, it raised awareness of Britain and Britishness. But for a few hundred thousand votes, here is a nation that could have ceased to be. But just what is Britishness? A visit to "Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Art, London 1768-1918"...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 18, 2014
Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy
"Normandie — L'Estuaire de la Seine: L'Invention d'Un Paysage" ("Normandy — The Seine Estuary: The invention of a Landscape" is an exhibition at the Sompo Japan Museum of Art that recently changed its name to Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. Just as the museum's name is rather too long...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 11, 2014
Tomoo Gokita's painterly coup
In a 2000, Gokita likened the relationship between fine artists and illustrators to that of martial artists and professional wrestlers. 'These days, though, wrestlers beat martial artists in MMA matches,' he noted. 'If I could do that in art, then I'm fine being an illustrator.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 4, 2014
'L'Estuaire de la Seine: l'Invention d'Un Paysage'
The picturesque region of Normandy in northern France became a fashionable resort area for Parisians after the establishment of railways made it more accessible during the late 19th century. But even before then, landscape painters had long been enchanted by the area, drawn to its abundance of nature...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 28, 2014
'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'
Though already established in Japan as an artist with exceptional drawing skills, Tomoo Gokita gained a strong cult following after the 2000 publication of "Lingerie Wrestling," a book of charcoal and ink drawings. He is also known for CD cover designs, such as his dog and gramophone illustration for...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 28, 2014
'Modern Japanese Painting: Masterpieces by Yokoyama Taikan and Others'
This year is the 100th anniversary of the resurrection of the Japan Art Institute, or Nihon Bijutsuin, an artistic nongovernmental organization that had dissolved in 1913 after the death of its founder Tenshin Okakura.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 7, 2014
'Tanoshimu Ajiwau: Lyricism of Modern Japanese Paintings'
The Uemura family's contribution to Japanese-style painting spans three generations of talented and important artists — Uemura Shoen (1875-1949), her son Shoko (1902-2001) and her grandson Atsushi (1933-). Known for its collection of Japanese-style paintings by all three, the Shouhaku Art Museum's...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jul 24, 2014
'Let's Take a Bird's-eye View of Retrospective Japan!'
Japanese birds-eye-view painting is a genre that is not often discussed, yet it can provide a fascinating perspective on the historical landscape of the country. Japan's mountainous regions, towns and cities from 75 to 100 years ago can be viewed from above through these panoramic paintings that present...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jul 17, 2014
To perceive is to see Felix Vallotton's genius at work
The art of the Swiss painter Felix Vallotton is both deceptive and loaded with revelation. On the surface it has the knowing sophistication and social references of other fin-de-siècle art — Vallotton was active from the 1880s until his death in 1925 — but it also cuts much deeper, pushing...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jul 17, 2014
'The Sound of Water: From Hiroshige's Rain and Rivers to Senju Hiroshi's Waterfalls'
Being an island nation, Japan has always relied on water as a major form of transport and travel, with the importance of its natural waterways often depicted in art.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 25, 2014
The evolution of Seiki Kuroda
In all too-common sophomoric slight to artists is: 'A child could have done that.' Seiki Kuroda (1866-1924), the most significant Western-style painter in Japan's early modern history, however, shows that even some young adults can not accomplish what takes years to hone.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 18, 2014
'Koji Suzuki'
"Where the Wild Things Are," "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Where's Waldo?" — these world-renowned children's books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 11, 2014
'Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice'
In 1914, Swiss artist Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) was rejected by the French army because of his age. Unable to fight, he chose to express his feelings about World War I in what became one of his most-famous works, the wood-print series "This is War." Vallotton's paintings often had similar dark and...
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CULTURE / Art
May 28, 2014
'Mt. Fuji by Taikan: In Commemoration of the First Anniversary of the World Heritage Designation'
Alongside the likes of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Taikan Yokoyama (1868-1958) has produced some of Japan's most famous painters of Mount Fuji. In his lifetime, he worked on more than 1,500 paintings of Japan's largest peak.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 14, 2014
Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland
It must be something of a Faustian bargain buying a Post-Impressionist painting for a record-breaking price. In 1987, Yasuo Goto, president of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., bought Van Gogh's "Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers" (1888) for $39 million. Perhaps due to that daring purchase, his company,...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 14, 2014
'Watercolorist: Tojiro Oshita'
As a writer, editor, presenter and designer, Tojiro Oshita (1870-1911) possessed many talents that contributed to and influenced his more famous work as a painter. He is often referred to as the father of Japanese watercolor painting, and his 1901 publication "Suisaiga no Shiori" ("A Guidebook to Watercolor...
CULTURE / Art
Mar 26, 2014
On light, wind — and good sake
Tokyo Station Gallery is one of the more interesting art venues in the city. Occupying part of the renovated Tokyo Station Building, it combines daring modern design with the building's early 20th-century, red-brick charm.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 19, 2014
'From Hakubakai to Kofukai: Aspects of Japanese Oil Painting'
Kofukai, translated as "Light and Wind Club," was a group of oil painters established in Japan by seven young artists in 1912. The founding members were initially influenced by the Realist painters of Paris, whose aim in the absence of photography, was to depict the world as truthfully as possible.

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