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Special Exhibition Commemorating a Decade since the Yamatane Museum of Art Opened in Hiroo:
The Pioneers of Nihonga
―Taikan, Shunsō, Gyokudō, and Ryūshi

【山種美術館 広尾開館10周年記念特別展】 大観・春草・玉堂・龍子 ―日本画のパイオニア―

Kawabata Ryūshi, Maelstroms at Naruto,
Yamatane Museum of Art

31 August (Sat.) – 27 October (Sun.) 2019
(Closed on 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 15 Oct, and on Mondays, except for 16 Sep, 23 Sep, and 14 Oct.)

Hours:10 am - 5 pm (Last admission at 4:30 pm)

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,200 [1,000] yen; university and high school students: 900 [800] yen; middle school and younger children: free of charge
*Figures in brackets are for groups of 20 or more, advance tickets, repeaters with used tickets, those who are wearing kimono.
*Disability ID holders and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Organized by: Yamatane Museum of Art and Nikkei Inc.

Highlights of the Exhibition
Yokoyama Taikan, Sakuemon's House, Color on Silk with Gold Leaf on the Reverse, Taishō Period, 1916, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yokoyama Taikan, Mt. Kisen, Color on Paper, Taishō Period, 1919, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yokoyama Taikan, Mt. Fuji, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1933, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yokoyama Taikan, Divine Spirit: Mt. Fuji, Ink and Light Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1952, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hishida Shunsō, Return from a Fishing Trip, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1901, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hishida Shunsō, The Moon in the Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter), Ink and Light Color on Silk, Meiji Period, c. 1909-10, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hishida Shunsō, Cowherd in the Moonlight, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1910, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudō, After a Mountain Shower, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1943, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudō, Young Ladies Planting Rice, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1945, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudō, Autumn Landscape with Colored Maple Trees, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1946, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawabata Ryūshi, Lion and Peonies, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1928, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawabata Ryūshi, Maelstroms at Naruto, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1929, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawabata Ryūshi, Japanese Irises, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1936, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 60 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

To commemorate the first decade since the opening of the Yamatane Museum of Art in Hiroo, we are pleased to present an exhibition of the work of four painters who exemplify modern nihonga: Yokoyama Taikan, Hishida Shunsō, Kawai Gyokudō, and Kawabata Ryūshi.

Taikan, Shunsō, Gyokudō, and Ryūshi all led in the evolution of nihonga by exploring the possibilities of painting that would be based on tradition but suited the new age in which they lived. They chose, however, different settings in which to be active as artists. Taikan and Shunsō, as members of the Japan Art Institute, experimented with a variety of techniques and styles in creating innovative nihonga. Gyokudō made the kanten, the official exhibitions, his base and developed new terrain in nihonga landscape painting. Ryūshi, however, left the Reestablished Japan Art Institute, founded Seiryūsha, a group he led, and presented large-format, powerful works that had a significant impact on painting circles. Focusing on these four painters and tracing the course of their work, this exhibition reflects on the history of modern nihonga.

An additional focus is the Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Shōchikubai) exhibitions that Taikan, Gyokudō, and Ryūshi participated in 1955 through 1957, near the end of their careers, at the Kensodō gallery. The Shōchikubai exhibitons were planned at the request of Yamazaki Taneji, our museum’s founder. Taneji cultivated his personal collections with these artists while collecting their work.

This exhibition presents all the works from the Shōchikubai exhibitions in our collection as well many other masterworks by Taikan, Shunsō, Gyokudō, and Ryūshi, all also from our collection. They include Taikan’s Sakuemon's House, a fusion of nanga and yamato-e, Shunsō’s masterpiece Return from a Fishing Trip, in which he daringly depicting light and air in the mōrōtai ("vague" or "indistinct") style, Young Ladies Planting Rice, a lively agrarian scene by Gyokudō, and Ryūshi’s Maelstroms at Naruto, a monumental painting he showed at the first exhibition by the Seiryūsha. We hope you will enjoy the rivalry of Taikan, Shunsō, Gyokudō, and Ryūshi, pioneers in modern nihonga and leaders of painting circles in Japan.

横山大観 《作右衛門の家》 1916(大正5)年 絹本裏箔・彩色 山種美術館
Yokoyama Taikan,
Sakuemon's House
横山大観 《富士山》 1933(昭和8)年 絹本・彩色 山種美術館
Yokoyama Taikan,
Mt. Fuji
菱田春草 《釣帰》 1901(明治34)年 絹本・彩色 山種美術館
Hishida Shunsō,
Return from a Fishing Trip
菱田春草 《月四題》 1909-10(明治42-43)年頃 絹本・墨画淡彩 山種美術館
Hishida Shunsō,
The Moon in the Four Season
川合玉堂 《早乙女》 1945(昭和20)年 絹本・彩色 山種美術館
Kawai Gyokudō,
Young Ladies Planting Rice
川合玉堂 《渓雨紅樹》 1946(昭和21)年 絹本・彩色 山種美術館
Kawai Gyokudō,
Autumn Landscape with Colored Maple Trees
川端龍子 《華曲》 1928(昭和3)年 紙本・彩色 山種美術館
Kawabata Ryūshi,
Lion and Peonies
Kawabata Ryūshi,
Japanese Irises
Kawabata Ryūshi,
Japanese Irises
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