KYOSAI – Master painter and his student Josiah Conder
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum Tokyo(三菱一号館美術館)
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan


KAWANABE Kyosai (1831–89) studied under ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the age of six. At the age of nine, he changed to the Kano school and engaged in orthodox study there. Known as Gaki, or “Painting Demon,” he saw tremendous popularity in the second half of the nineteenth century, a period of great change in Japan.
Josiah Conder, the English architect who designed the original Mitsubishi Ichigokan, arrived in Japan in 1877 at the invitation of the Meiji government. He made a great contribution to modern architecture in Japan and also was an admirer of Japanese art. He studied painting under Kyosai and introduced Kyosai’s artwork overseas.
To mark the fifth anniversary of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, this exhibition will showcase Conder’s outstanding work and the humorous and unconventional art of his beloved teacher Kyosai—from Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) to ukiyo-e, caricatures, and picture diaries. By rotating the items displayed, the exhibition will show a total of about 120 famous pieces held in Japan and overseas.

Kawanabe Kyosai
C. 1871, 56.1×92.8cm
Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum


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