“Chinese-Style Dresses - From Fujishima Takeji to Umehara Ryuzaburo”

Bridgestone Museum of Art

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This exhibition brings together oil paintings of women dressed in Qipao or other styles of Chinese clothing by Japanese Western-style painters in the early 20th century. In the context of the fall of the Qing dynasty, the birth of the Republic of China, the rise of tourism, and growing interest in Chinese culture and architecture in Japan, paintings depicting Chinese women began to appear in the decade starting in 1910. Takeji Fujishima, Ryusei Kishida, and Sotaro Yasui were among the Japanese artists who depicted Japanese women in Chinese dress, while others such as Torajiro Kojima and Kotaro Migishi traveled to China and found their subjects there. This exhibition highlights Japanese artists’ use of Western techniques to depict Chinese dress as a classic example of cultural interchange and fusion.

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Saturday Lecture “Exoticism and Orientalism”
Dates: 6/14, 21, 28, 7/5, 7/12 14:00-16:00
Venue: Bridgestone Museum of Art Hall
Capacity: 130 participants
Admission: ¥400
*For further details please refer to the museum website.

[Image: Takeji Fujishima,”A Woman’s Profile” (1926-27)]

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from April 26, 2014 to July 21, 2014

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