Raphaël Collin and Kuroda Seiki: 120 Year Reunion

Pola Museum of Art

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[Image: Raphael Collin The Sleeping (Le Sommeil) 1892 Fondation des Artistes © Fondation des Artistes / Raphaële Kriegel]

Ends in 239 days

Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924) is considered the doyen of Japanese Western-style painting. He acquired his oil painting skills in France as a student of Academic painter Raphaël Collin (1850-1916). It is assumed that Kuroda, on a second visit to France in 1900, saw his former teacher’s painting The Sleeping and was powerfully impressed by its nude image. The composition of Kuroda’s The Fields, painted after his return to Japan, is very similar to that of The Sleeping.

The Sleeping was regarded an important influence on Kuroda’s painting, but it had not been seen for many years because its location was unknown. Recently discovered in Paris, Collin’s painting will be shown for the first time in 120 years. Moreover, the placement of Kuroda’s The Fields side by side with Collin’s The Sleeping, the painting that inspired it, reveals Kuroda’s originality in creating his groundbreaking work of Japanese nude expression.



from April 17, 2021 to March 30, 2022


Adults ¥1800, Seniors 65 & Over ¥1600, University and High School Students ¥1300, Junior High School Students and Under free, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion ¥1000.

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From 9:00 To 17:00


Address: 1285 Kozukayama Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0631
Phone: 0460-84-2111 Fax: 0460-84-3108

From the East exit of Hakone-Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan bus for 40 minutes and get off at Pola Museum of Art. From the East exit of JR Odawara Station, take the Hakone Tozan bus for 1 hour and get off at Pola Museum of Art.

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