Enoki Toshiyuki: Sennyu (Spring), 2017

Who Is Enoki Toshiyuki? Educated in several different genres of lacquer painting, traditional Japanese painting and western painting, Toshiyuki Enoki’s works are an amalgamation of the new and the aged, reality and myth. The artist strives to antiquate his works, not only in his thematic tribute to well known traditional artists such as Maruyama Okyo,…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 1

“All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art…” Vincent to his brother Theo from Arles, 15 July 1888 What did Van Gogh learn from Japanese prints? Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo had an extensive collection of Japanese prints. I want to understand how Japanese art changed van Gogh’s painting. Van…

Nakazawa Hiromitsu: Touching, Daughter from Beautiful Women and the Senses (1905)

Touching: Daughter from the series Beautiful Women and the Senses Shoku: Musume from the series Bijin to kankaku, 触(娘) 美人と感覚よ Japanese, Late Meiji era, 1905 Nakazawa Hiromitsu (Japanese, 1874–1964) Publisher Sunbikai Place of Creation: Japan Dimensions: Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.) Medium or Technique: Color woodblock and stencil; organic and…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 2

‘Japonaiserie’ Begins The Convention of Kanagawa put an end to the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion. and opened trade between Japan and the West. Artists like Manet, Degas and Monet, followed by Van Gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block prints called ukiyo-e prints. Vincent and his brother Theo dealt in these prints,…

Kojima Torajiro and His Patron

Self Portrait by Torajiro Kojima (1881 – 1929). Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, Torajirō Kojima [Public domain or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons   Japan Meets Modern Western Art Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929) was a Japanese artist who chose to use the same visual language as the Impressionists. After a course in Western…