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Special Exhibition Commemorating the 55th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art:
The Art of Kawai Gyokudō
―A Master of Nihonga Whom Yamazaki Taneji Loved
川合玉堂 ―山﨑種二が愛した日本画の巨匠―
Kawai Gyokudō, After the Rain

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6 February (Sat.) – 4 April (Sun.) 2021
(Closed on Mondays.)

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,300 yen; university and high school students: 1,000 yen; middle school and younger children: free of charge (but must be accompanied by an adult)
Disability ID holders and one person accompanying them: 1,100 yen (university and high school students: 900 yen)
*Discount for those who are wearing kimono: Discount of 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for university and high school students.

Organized by: Yamatane Museum of Art and The Asahi Shimbun Company

Highlights of the Exhibition
Kawai Gyokudo, Cormorant Fishing. Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1895; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Hills and Streams in Autumn. Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1906; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Returning from a Fishing Trip in the Rain. Ink on Silk, Meiji to Taisho Period, 1912; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Chikubu Island with Mountains. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1928; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Rhododendrons. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1930; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, After the Rain. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1935; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Spring Breeze, Spring Stream. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1940; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Pines and Waterfall. Color on Silk, Showa Period, c. 1942; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, After a Mountain Shower. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1943; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Rough Seas. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1944; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Young Ladies Planting Rice. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1945; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Clear Morning. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1946; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Autumn Landscape with Colored Maple Trees. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1946; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Snowy Landscape in the Evening. Ink and Light Color on Silk, Showa Period, c. 1950; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, The Sounds of Water and Rain. Ink and Light Color on Silk, Showa Period, c. 1951; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, The Old Castle and the New Moon. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1952; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Fine Evening at the Ferry Crossing. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1952; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Distant Thunder in Early Summer. Color on Paper, Showa Period, 1952; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, A Pair of Cranes on a Pine. Color on Silk, Showa Period, 1942; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Skating. Color on Paper, Showa Period, 1953; Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudo, Autumn Night. Ink and Light Color on Paper, Showa Period, c. 1947-55; Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 60 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

Kawai Gyokudō (1873-1957) created richly lyrical paintings of Japan’s natural environment and its people’s manners and customs. The Yamatane Museum of Art is delighted to present a retrospective exhibition of seven decades of Gyokudō’s work. Born in Aichi and raised in Gifu prefecture, Gyokudō studied with Mochizuki Gyokusen and Kōno Bairei in Kyoto before moving to Tokyo at the age of twenty-three. There he further polished his art under the guidance of Hashimoto Gahō. In Kyoto, Gyokudō had studied the Maruyama Shijō tradition. In Tokyo, with that as his foundation, he also incorporated the Kanō school style in which Gahō worked, enhancing and expanding his domain from traditional to modern landscape painting. In the process, Gyokudō became a central figure in the Tokyo art world, serving as a judge at the official exhibitions, teaching at the Tokyo Fine Arts School (now Tokyo University of the Arts), and being appointed an Imperial Household Artist. In 1940, he was awarded the Order of Culture.

Yamazaki Taneji (1893-1983), the founder of our museum, was good friends with Gyokudō, so much so that he frequently visited Gyokudō’s home in the rather remote Okutama district of Tokyo even during the war. Works by Gyokudō in the museum collection now total seventy-one, thanks to that relationship. Of them, this exhibition begins with Meiji-period works such as Cormorant Fishing, a masterpiece from his early period, and Hills and Streams in Autumn, in which Gahō’s influence is conspicuous. The artist showed his Breeze in the Pines, the Sound of the Waves at the Japanese Art Exhibition in Rome in 1930. It was followed by Spring Breeze, Spring Stream and Young Ladies Planting Rice, which present the essence of his art, with his blissful depiction of people living in harmony with nature. The exhibits also include Clear Morning, which Gyokudō showed in the first Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) after the war. This exhibition thus traces Gyokudō’s path as an artist through a large number of magnificent works. It also focuses on people associated with Gyokudō, including Yamazaki Taneji, who supported him, his mentors Mochizuki Gyokusen and Hashimoto Gahō, and his student Kodama Kibō, introducing works and anecdotes that give a sense of their relationships.

We hope that this exhibition will be an opportunity to savor the intense gaze with which Gyokudō addressed nature, the warm character that led so many people to admire him, and the compelling appeal of his art.

川合玉堂《鵜飼》
Kawai Gyokudō, Cormorant Fishing
川合玉堂 《松籟涛声》
Kawai Gyokudō, Breeze in the Pines, the Sound of the Waves
Private Collection
川合玉堂 《石楠花》
Kawai Gyokudō, Rhododendrons
川合玉堂 《春風春水》
Kawai Gyokudō, Spring Breeze, Spring Stream
川合玉堂 《早乙女》
Kawai Gyokudō, Young Ladies Planting Rice
川合玉堂 《渓雨紅樹》
Kawai Gyokudō, Autumn Landscape with Colored Maple Trees
川合玉堂《松上双鶴》
Kawai Gyokudō, A Pair of Cranes on a Pine
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