"Gyoshu Hayami: Eternal Challenges to Nihonga" Exhibition
This event has ended.
Hayami Gyoshu was an exceptionally talented nihonga painter of the Taisho and Showa eras. Gyoshu was nominated for membership in the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) at the age of 23, and along with his fellow Nihonga artists, Yokoyama Taikan and Kobayashi Kokei, and such western style painters as Kishida Ryusei, his works were highly praised. In spite of living only a mere 40 years, Gyoshu created an oeuvre of more than 700 works, many of which have long been held in private, undisclosed collections and rarely displayed. Such secrecy led to his nickname, "the phantom painter." In 1976, however, the Yamatane acquired 103 works by Gyoshu from the former Ataka Industries collection. This acquisition was groundbreaking news at the time and the resulting Yamatane collection of Gyoshu works is now truly mature and complete in its range. The special exhibition Hayami Gyoshu: The Man and his Art held at the time of the acquisition attracted 80,000 visitors to the museum.
This exhibition to commemorate the opening of the new Yamatane Museum of Art features 118 works by Gyoshu including his "Falling Camellias" (Important Cultural Property, Yamatane Museum of Art), Gyoshu's diary from his 1930 trip to Europe, and the large unfinished work "Group of Women" (private collection), which has been restored and is here displayed for the first time. These newly discovered works will surely clarify new directions to be taken in the study of this artist who died from a sudden illness at the relatively young age of 40.
[Image: "Falling Camellias" (Important Cultural Property) (1929)]
From 2009-10-01 To 2009-11-29