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Selection from Permanent Collection of Chiba City Museum of Art II

更新日:1月12日

The exhibition selected from the permanent collection is now on view from Apr. 7 to May 5.


It includes Japanese paintings and woodblock prints from the 17th to the early 20th centuries by Moronobu Hishikawa, Shiko Mikuma, Roko Mikuma, Kiyotaka Kaburaki, and so on under the theme of "Enjoying Spring" and by Moronobu Hishikawa, Kiyonaga Torii, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Harunobu Gakutei, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Shigemasa Kitao, Hokkei Totoya, Saburosuke Okada, and so on under the theme of " Telling Stories".


It also exhibits the newly acquired oil paintings and calligraphy by Kazumasa Nakagawa. (1893~1991)


Here are some of them.


The Woodblock print above is by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka(1839~1892)

The title is "Yasumasa Fujiwara Plays the Flute in the Moon light"

Yasumasa Fujiwara was from the noble families in the Heian Era (794~1185).

He keeps playing the flute on a windy night, as if he didn't notice the thief who is about to draw the sword against him.

Only the moon is watching what will happen.


This print is from the "Tales of Times Now Past" (今昔物語)compiled by someone unknown in the late Heian Era (in the 1120s or after)


Yoshitoshi Tsukioka studied under Kuniyoshi Utagawawa who was called 'The eccentric Ukiyo-e painter'. And as a disciple, he even developed illustrations to depict people's feelings such as grief, regret, and fear. He was called 'The last Ukiyo-e painter'.


This is a part of the folding screens depicting people in the boating party on the Sumidagawa river.

It is one of the works by Moronobu Hishikawa (1630?~1694)who is called "A father of Ukiyo-e" in the 1670s.

He was born at Kyonan-cho in Chiba prefecture and moved to Edo to learn Woodblock printings and compiled picture books,too.


The Woodblock print above is by Hokkei Totoya (1780~1850)who was a pupil of Hokusai Katsushika(1760~1849).

It depicts Kintaro, a boy-hero of Japanese myth, wrestling with a boar. According to the old story, Kintaro used to enjoy wrestling with a bear on Ashigarayama mountain in his childhood.

This print wrestling with a boar was printed in celebration of the New Year, the year of Wild Boar (Inoshishi Doshi).


His artist appellation(画名)TOTOYA was named after another way of reading the Chinese character for a fish shop (魚屋). He used to run a fish shop until became an artist in around the 1800s.



* The retrospective of Tiger Tateishi(1941~1998) is now on view from Apr.10 to Jul.4.

He is called 'Magical Artist in pop Art genre'.


Source: brochure of Chiba City Museum of Art




More about Chiba City Museum of Art: please access      https://www.tokyo2020chiba.com/post/shall-we-see-the-museums




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