Hanjiro Sakamoto "Ishibashi Museum 50 Year Anniversary Exhibition"
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The career of the Western-style painter Sakamoto Hanjiro spanned a period of more than 60 years from the late Meiji Era to well after World War II. Made up of 150 paintings and 30 documents, this exhibition—the first major Sakamoto retrospective for 24 years—presents a comprehensive view of the œuvre of this most dedicated artist.
Living during an era that saw Western-style painting in Japan achieve its maturity, Sakamoto Hanjiro (1882-1969) made a conscious decision not to copy the West but to follow his own path. Ironically, it was a study sojourn in France that first made him proud of being Japanese, opening his eyes to the natural beauty, refined manners, and magnificent art of his native land. After his return to Japan, Sakamoto settled in Yame, near Kurume, where he devoted himself to painting, engaging directly with nature and objects. In the course of his long life, his subject matter evolved from everyday scenes like cattle, horses, Noh masks and ordinary household artifacts to the moon and clouds. Whatever he painted, careful examination of nature and man was at the root of all his work.
This exhibition shows the passion and dedication that Sakamoto put in to creating his serene and beautiful paintings.
From 2006-06-16 To 2006-07-08