The Age of Shinso Okamoto

Chiba City Museum of Art

poster for The Age of Shinso Okamoto
[Image: Shunso Okamoto "Lipstick" (1918) Kyoto City University of Arts Collection]

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Shinso Okamoto (1894–1933) was a Kobe-born artist educated in Kyoto art schools. Influences of his works evolved from the New Southern School of Chinese painting, to Yumeji Takehisa-inspired designs in the Taisho era, to the rich realism of Ukiyo-e. Okamoto gained attention as a rising star in the world of Bijinga (paintings of beautiful women) with his work “Lipstick” presented at the first exhibition by the Kokugakai (National Art Association). Okamoto continued to create other paintings with similar combinations of realism and mystery until his premature death at age 38.

This exhibition, which was greeted with much acclaim at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto last fall, shows nearly all of Okamoto’s known body of work. It presents around 100 items including sketches, studies, and major works such as “Lipstick” and “Study for Three Maiko Playing Ken,” as well as works by his teachers and contemporary artists such as Tadaoto Kainosho. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a comprehensive exhibition of Okamoto’s art in eastern Japan.



from May 30, 2018 to July 08, 2018
10:00–20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed on June 4 (Mon), June 18 (Mon), and July 2 (Mon).


Shinso Okamoto



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