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Special Exhibition Commemorating a Decade since the Yamatane Museum of Art Opened in Hiroo:
Uemura Shōen and World of Bijinga, Paintings of Beautiful Women

【山種美術館 広尾開館10周年記念特別展】 上村松園と美人画の世界
Uemura Shōen, Dressed for Spring, Yamatane Museum of Art

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3 January (Fri.) – 1 March (Sun.) 2020
(Closed on 14 January, 25 February and on Mondays except for 13 January and 24 February.)

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
Uemura Shōen, Firefly, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1913, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, The Evening Glow, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, c. 1912-26, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Cherry-Blossom Viewing, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1926-29, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Firefly, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1929, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Dancing People, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1934, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Evening, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1935, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Dressed for Spring, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1936, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Scene from the Noh Play Kinuta, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1938, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Fragrance of Spring, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1940, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Spring Breeze, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1940, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Girls Folding Paper Cranes, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1940, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Tedious Hours, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1941, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Composing a Poem, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1942, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Young Lady, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1942, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, A Beauty in Summer, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1942, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Feathered Snow, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1944, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Snowy Day, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1948, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Listening to a Cuckoo's Call, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1948, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kaburaki Kiyokata, Agalloch Pillow, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1936, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kobayashi Kokei, River Breeze, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1915, Yamatane Museum of Art
Ikeda Terukata, Evening Shower, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1916, Yamatane Museum of Art
Murakami Kagaku, Nude [Important Cultural Property], Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1920, Yamatane Museum of Art
Ogura Yuki, Dancing (Maiko, Apprentice Geisha), Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Shōwa Period, 1971, Yamatane Museum of Art
Ogura Yuki, Dancing (Geisha), Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Shōwa Period, 1972, Yamatane Museum of Art
Itō Shinsui, A Lady in Autumn, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1947, Yamatane Museum of Art
Itō Shinsui, Beauty in the Snow, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1949, Yamatane Museum of Art
Itō Shinsui, The Courtesan Yoshino Tayū, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1966, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hashimoto Meiji, Dance, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1966, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hashimoto Meiji, Maiko, Apprentice Geisha, in Autumn, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1976, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 60 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

Uemura Shōen (1875-1949) painted bijinga, paintings of beautiful women, throughout her life. To commemorate a decade since the Yamatane Museum of Art opened in Hiroo, we present a special exhibition of the entire group of Shōen’s paintings in our collection. Our museum’s founder and first director, Yamazaki Taneji (1893-1983) was on friendly terms with Shōen and collected her works. These eighteen works, including the masterpieces Firefly, Scene from the Noh Play Kinuta, and Feathered Snow, comprise what is regarded as the foremost of Shōen collections.

Born and raised in Kyoto, Shōen attended the Kyoto Prefectural Art School, where she was taught by Suzuki Shōnen, then studied with Kōno Bairei and Takeuchi Seihō, working to master painting techniques. She quickly distinguished herself and showed her paintings of women with themes taken from Edo- and Meiji-period manners and customs and the Chinese and Japanese classics in many exhibitions, including the Bunten (Ministry of Education Exhibition) and Teiten (Imperial Art Exhibition).  Highly regarded for her bijinga, she became, in 1948, the first woman to be awarded the Order of Culture. Shōen, who wrote, “My earnest hope is that all my works are like fragrant jewels, always with a sense of fresh purity, never with even an iota of the vulgar,” continued to create the elegant bijinga beloved by many today.

This exhibition also introduces nihonga by Kaburaki Kiyokata, her contemporary and peer: “Shōen in the west, Kiyokata in the east,” as the saying goes. It also includes bijinga by his pupil Itō Shinsui and a bevy of paintings of women by nihonga artists such as Murakami Kagaku, Ogura Yuki, and Hashimoto Meiji. While appreciating the images of women by many modern and contemporary artists along with Shōen’s bijinga, please enjoy experiencing the richness of the bijinga world, its breadth, and stylistic developments.

上村松園 《蛍》
Uemura Shōen, Firefly
上村松園 《新蛍》
Uemura Shōen, Firefly
上村松園 《砧》
Uemura Shōen, Scene from the Noh Play Kinuta
上村松園 《牡丹雪》
Uemura Shōen, Feathered Snow
上村松園 《庭の雪》
Uemura Shōen, Snowy Day
村上華岳 《裸婦図》
Murakami Kagaku, Nude
[Important Cultural Property]
池田輝方 《夕立》
Ikeda Terukata, Evening Shower
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