Hayami Gyoshū and Yoshida Yoshihiko - The Superlative Artistry of Master and Disciple

Yamatane Museum of Art

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[Image: Hayami Gyoshū, "Camellia Petals Scattering [Important Cultural Property]" Yamatane Museum of Art]

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The Yamatane Museum of Art, which opened in 1966 as Japan’s first museum specializing in Japanese paintings, will celebrate its 55th anniversary in 2021. To commemorate this occasion, the museum will hold a special exhibition focusing on the Japanese painter Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) and his disciple Yoshihiko Yoshida (1912-2001), who can be said to be the “face” of the museum’s collection, and introduce their superbly crafted works.

Hayami received high praise from artists such as Taikan Yokoyama Taikan and Kokei Kobayashi, and at the young age of 23, he was nominated as a member of the Japan Art Academy (Inten). As he said, “It is noble to have the courage to climb to the top of the ladder, and it is even more noble to have the courage to come down from there and climb back up again.” He continued to breathe new life into the world of Japanese painting until his early death at the age of 40.

Yoshida, on the other hand, became an apprentice to his relative, Hayami, at the age of 17, and learned sketching, copying of old paintings, and painting posture. During and after the war, he also participated in the project to copy the wall paintings of the Golden Hall of Horyuji Temple. Through these experiences, Yoshida began to pursue the weathered beauty of old paintings and created his own unique world of painting called “Yoshida style” using gold leaf and fir paper.

This exhibition will feature work by Gyoshu such as “Dutch Chrysanthemums” (Important Cultural Property), for which recent research has revealed the fact that he used Western pigments, “Scattered Camellia” (Important Cultural Property), in which he used the “sprinkling technique” of using gold sandpaper all over the ground, and “Flame Dance” (Important Cultural Property), in which he used colors that he said he would never be able to produce again. Yoshida’s works include Katsuragaki, the first work to use the “Yoshida style,” as well as the Daibutsuden Shunsetu and Shunsetu Myogi, which show his mastery of this technique.

Hayami and Yoshida are both painters who established their own unique styles of painting by using traditional techniques as a foundation and adding elaborate and original arrangements. This exhibit invites visitors to discover the world of superb technique pursued by the master and disciple artists, Gyoshu Hayami and Yoshihiko Yoshida.



from September 09, 2021 to November 07, 2021
Open on September 20. Closed on September 21.


Adults ¥1300, University and High School Students ¥1000, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion ¥1100. Junior High School Students and Under free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: 03-5777-8600

12 minute walk from exit 2 at Ebisu Station on the Hibiya line. 13 minute walk from the West exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote and Saikyo lines.

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