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The Portrait, painted in 1916

KISHIDA Ryūsei, Portrait of Yoshio Koya (Portrait of a Man Holding a Plant) September 10,1916, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 33.5 cm. The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

木曜日 18 2月, 2016
6:00pm GMT

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4EH

Speaker

Atsushi Tanaka (Deputy Director at the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo)

About the Talk

This lecture will introduce Kishida Ryūsei (1891-1929) who is one of the most prominent modern artists in Japan.

Ryūsei was born in Japan and learned to paint in his youth. He developed his initial expressive style from post-impressionists paintings. In later years, however, his style radically changed with a strong draw to realism. Taking inspirations from reproductions of classical paintings by European masters, such as Dürer and Rembrandt, and traditional Japanese images found in woodblock prints and paintings, Ryûsei continued to deepen his mode of practice.

The lecture will focus on one of Ryūsei’s most prominent realist paintings, The Portrait, which he painted in 1916.

About the Speaker

Atsushi Tanaka is Deputy Director of the Tokyo Research Institute for Cultural Properties. He was at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo before joining the Tokyo Research Institute for Cultural Properties in 1994. His research focuses on modern Japanese art history. He has published extensively including Gaka ga iru ‘basho’ (2005, in Japanese only) and TAIYO TO JINTAN : Aspects of Post-Impressionism and Modernism,1912-1945(2012)

Image: KISHIDA Ryūsei, Portrait of Yoshio Koya (Portrait of a Man Holding a Plant) September 10,1916, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 33.5 cm. The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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