Japanese Masterpieces from the Collection
6 October (Thu) to 4 December (Sun), 2005
This exhibition featured a variety of nihonga works from the Shiseido Art House collection.
The term “nihonga,” meaning “Japanese painting,” was coined during the Meiji period to distinguish Japan's traditional pictorial art from Western painting styles. Such Japanese painting includes a variety of techniques and styles, but in general it involves dissolving finely ground pigments into an adhesive and using the resulting colors to create pictures in various genres.
This exhibition featured twenty-seven works by twelve masters who have distinguished themselves in the realm of Japanese painting. These included Okumura Togyu, Takayama Tatsuo and Iwahashi Eien—all members of the Shiseido-sponsored third Tsubakikai exhibition group (1974–90)—as well as Kanashima Keika, known for his pictures in the flowers-and-birds genre, Ito Shinsui, who created series of images of women, and numerous others working in landscape, flower-and-bird, portraiture, and other genres.