Outline
Outline

Kishida Riusei (1891-1929), considered one of the most inventive painters of modern Japan, was born in the Ginza district of Tokyo. Riusei's father was Kishida Ginko, a pioneering figure in the Meiji era. After his father's death Riusei thought to become a Christian minister, but his self-directed study of watercolor painting led him instead to become a painter. He studied the plein-air style under Kuroda Seiki, and was stimulated by such Post-Impressionist painters as Van Gogh and Gauguin, which he encountered in the magazine Shirakaba. In turn, Riusei sought his own artistic path, turning to realist expression characterized by thorough, intricately rendered brushwork. He strove to express Asian art's distinctive form of realist expression in oil paintings as he also fully engaged with Nihonga methods and aesthetics. Never fully satisfied with his own painting style right up until his death at the young age of 38, Riusei's unquenchable investigative spirit led him ever forward towards further creativity and the deepening of expression in his own paintings.

This exhibition held on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Kishida Riusei's death presents a selection of works that stand as markers on his painting career path, displaying them in essentially chronological order. We hope that this approach will reveal and honor the arts of painter Kishida Riusei as he moved through the many transitions of his life.

<strong>TOKYO</strong>
TOKYO
Period
August 31 – October 20, 2019
Venue
Tokyo Station Gallery
Open Hours
10:00‒18:00 (open until 20:00 on Fridays)
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed
Mondays(except September 16, September 23, October 14)
and September 17(Tue.), September 24(Tue.)
Organized by
Tokyo Station Gallery [East Japan Railway Culture Foundation],
The Tokyo Shimbun
With the sponsorship of
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation
With the special cooperation of
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
YAMAGUCHI
YAMAGUCHI
Period
November 2 – December 22, 2019
Venue
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum
Open Hours
9:00‒17:00
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed
Mondays(except November 4, December 2)
Organized by
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum, The Mainichi Newspapers,
The Chugoku Shimbun,
Television Yamaguchi Broadcasting Systems Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation
With the special cooperation of
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
NAGOYA
NAGOYA
Period
January 8 – March 1, 2020
Venue
Nagoya City Art Museum
Open Hours
9:30‒17:00 (open until 20:00 on Fridays)
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed
Mondays(except January 13, February 24)
and January 14(Tue.), February 25(Tue.)
Organized by
Nagoya City Art Museum, The Chunichi Shimbun, Nikkei Inc.,
Aichi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation,
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
With the special cooperation of
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo