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  • 執筆者の写真Michi

Selection from Permanent Collection of Chiba City Museum of Art III


The exhibition selected from the permanent collection is now on view from May 7 to June 6.

It includes Ukiyo-e and modern paintings from the 17th to the early 20th centuries by Goshun Matsumura, Ikenotaiga, Beisanjin Okada, Seitei Watanabe, and so on under the theme of "Beginning of Summer" and by Utamaro Kitagawa, Toyokuni Utagawa, Hokusai Katsushika, Eisen Keisai, and so on under the theme of " Outing and Travelling".

It also includes oil paintings and water-color paintings by Kohu Ishi (石井光楓) and works from the collection of Sato Gallery.

Here are some of them.

This painting "Fishermen and Woodcutters" is by Goshun Matsumura(1752~1811).

This is a part of the folding screens depicting the wishful way of living in which literary figures reflected their world: leaving yourself in nature.

Goshun, the founder of Shijo(Yamato-e painting) School, studied drawing pictures as well as Haiku(Japanese poet) from Buson Yosano. After that, he became a disciple of Okyo Maruyama by whom he was inspired a realistic painting style.

The of this painting is "RoThe titlbins on the Japanese wistaria".

This is from "Seitei's Drawing Book of Flowers and Birds" by Seitei Watanabe(1851~1916).

At the age of 16 he became a disciple of Yousai Kikuchi who for the first three years taught him calligraphy only instead of paintings. Later Seitei developed his own way of drawing under Yousai's instruction.

At the age of 24 in 1857, he started working for a trading company which exported Japanese fine arts and products, where he mostly drew patterns of flowers and birds on the vases and the plates.

He had been to the Exposition held in Paris in 1878 as a staff of the trading company.

He gained a high reputation as a painter there.

The woodblock printing above is titled " Gifts of the Ebb Tide" by Utamaro Kitagawa(? ~1806).

This is from one of the seven kyoka books which were published by a publisher TSUTAYA Juzaburo. Each page of the books has a picture and kyoka.

Kyoka(狂歌) is a parody of tanka(Japanese poem) that contains social satire, irony, and humor in 31(5-7-5-7-7) syllables. Many kyoka poems were the parodies of masterpieces such as Kokin Wakashu (a collection of ancient and modern Japanese poetry) compiled in 900s(the Heian Era).

Many poets were attracted by kyoka and we are interested in reading it in the late Edo Era.

The title of the woodblock printing above is "No.53 Unumano Station Distant View from Mount Inuyama" by KEISAI Eisen (1791~1848). The tower(天守閣) of Inuyama Castle that you see in this printing has been preserved until now.

This is from the series of Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido, which KEISAI Eisen drew the first 24 stations and UTAGAWA Hiroshige, the rest 47 stations.

It depicts the deformed Inuyama Castle and the Kiso river so that they were far from the real


He debuted as an Ukiyo-e artist after the hardships of losing his mother at the age of 6 and then both his father and mother -in -law died at the age of 20. He drew Bijinga ( pictures of beautiful women) in his unique manner as well as landscape pictures. He compiled some essays about Ukiyo-e in his 40s, too.

The oil painting above is titled "Fall in Voulangi Village" drawn in 1930 by ISHII Kofu(1892~1975), which shows a fauve.

He began to study Japanese style paintings from ISHII Rinkyo in 1912. After that, he changed his mind to study oil paintings abroad.

He entered Art Institute in Chicago in 1921, after that, Academy Julian in Paris in 1925.

As his oil paintings were selected for several Salons in Paris, he gradually began to gain the fame in the art world there.

After he returned home to Japan in 1931, he started to show his works to Shunyo Art Exhibition in 1941.

He became an art teacher at Chiba prefectural run Nagao senior high school in 1949.

* 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

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