Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective

Tokyo Station Gallery

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Riusei Kishida (1891-1929) is a towering presence in the history of modern Japanese art. He studied oil painting and the works of the Post-Impressionists had a huge impact on him when he learned of them via the magazine Shirakaba. In 1912, Kishida formed Fuzankai (the Fusain Society) with a group of artists that included Yori Saito, Kotaro Takamura, and Tetsugoro Yorozu, and produced avant-garde oil paintings with intense colors and brush strokes. However, in order to find his own path as an artist, he explored realistic representation via meticulously detailed portrayal. This led him to discover Western classical painting and the works of artists such as Michelangelo and Dürer, and to establish his own original style. In 1915, he and other artists, including Shohachi Kimura and Sadao Tsubaki, formed Sodosha, a circle that had a tremendous influence on young artists. In addition, the birth of his beloved daughter Reiko inspired Kishida to create oil paintings that drew upon his intense realism. He also engaged enthusiastically in uncolored sketches, watercolors, and Nihonga paintings.

For this exhibition, works have been selected that serve as indicators of Riusei Kishida’s artistic path. The over 150 items that appear during the course of the exhibition are basically displayed chronologically. The aim of this is to showcase the repeated transitions the artist made during his lifetime and to honor his art. Kishida’s masterpieces have been gathered together under one roof to mark the 90th anniversary of his death.

* Some of the exhibits will be changed during the course of the exhibition. (First term: August 31 - September 23, second term: September 25 - October 20)


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from August 31, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Open until 20:00 on Fridays.


Kishida Riusei



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