Posts Tagged ‘tokyo school of fine arts’

Artist of the moment…..Hideo Hagiwara



Hideo Hagiwara was a Japanese printmaker born in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan in the year 1913.

His father was a government official and the artist grew up in Machuria and Korea.

The artist attended college at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Hagiwara’s favorite subject matter included the figure, landscapes, and abstract works. Hagiwara also liked to experiment with new processes of the printmaking technique.

Hagiwara became interested in the printmaking process after going to a class held by print master Hiratsuka Unichi.

One of the many successful print series made by the artist was based on Greek mythology.

Hideo Hagiwara passed away in 2007.

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The artist had wonderful results in abstract and landscape works. His works are fun to look at because the artist was always experimenting with changing his process. The viewer always seems to see something new, different, and exciting in each work.



Artist of the moment……..Kenzo Okada



Kenzo Okada was a Japanese printmaker born in Yokohama, Japan in the year 1902. Okada attended college in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. After two years of study Okada moved to Paris, France.

The artist is given credit as the first Japanese artist to be an highly sought after abstract expressionist.

Okada moved back to Japan in the late 1920s. When 1950 came Okada decided to move to New York City.

The artist was friends with many color field and abstract expressionist painters. One great friend was artist Mark Rothko.

Kenzo Okada passed away in 1982 at the age of 79 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $50,000 for an original work.

Much of the work of Okada reminds me of landscape paintings.



Artist of the moment……….Yoshio Kanamori



Yoshio Kanamori  was born in Toyama Prefecture , Japan in the year 1922.

Kanamori studied with a print master named Shiko Murakata. The artist also attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

For his subjects recurring themes include flowers, butterflies, birds,  and landscapes showing a low horizon line with emphasis on the sun or moon.

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To achieve his unique and wonderful results the artist sometimes painted on reverse side of in image.

In this clip we view a print in close detail. The work features Kanamori with his signature subjects of a mountainous landscape and a bird:




Artist of the moment……..Fumio Kitaoka


Fumio Kitaoka was a wonderful Japanese woodblock artist born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1918. Kitaoka was renown for his prints of landscapes.

Kitaoka studied a western style of painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. The artist also studied at the Ecole des Beaux Artes located in Parisk France where he studied printmaking and in particular engraving.

Engraving is similar to the Japanese woodblock print but in engraving you cut against the grain. In a traditional Japanese woodblock print you cut with the grain.

Price range information: Works range from $800 to $5,000.

I have seen the prints of forest by this artist. He did a great job at finding patterns in the leaves and foliage in the landscape.


Fumio Kitaoka passed away in 2007.

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Artist of the moment…….Mabuchi Toru


Mabuchi Toru was a wonderful Japanese printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan in they 1920. Toru is renowned for his work with floral imagery.

The artist’s father was an engraver and also one of the first artists to be recognized for his work with the airbrush. His father also wanted him to become an artist and Toru attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Toru was also a professor at Hiroshima University.

What I enjoy most about the artist is his technique of breaking down his wood block prints to many thin and small pieces that are made to resemble a mosaic work of art.

Mabuchi Toru passed away in 1994.

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Artist of the moment…….Fu Baoshi

Fu Baoshi was a world renowned artist who worked in the traditional style with inks and watercolors on very large surfaces sometimes working on hanging scrolls. Fu Baoshi was born in Xinyu, Jianxi Provence, China in the year 1904. Fu Baoshi loved to paint the landscape and is seen by many critics as one of the best of his era in regards to painting the traditional landscape.

For his artistic education Baoshi attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Baoshi’s style was a blend of ancient Chinese methods and the Japanese methods he picked up whilst in college. These two styles gave the artist a unique and modern look. Baoshi even experimented the techniques of applying color to his works.

Price range information: Works range from one half million dollars and up. Most works command at least one million at auction.

Fu Baohsi passed away in 1965.

In this clip a discussion about Eastern and Western painting styles and the influence of Fu Baoshi:

Fu Baoshi was a grandfather to a contemporary art dealer named Jenny Pat. Pat is a Canadian citizen who studied in England and has worked for major auction houses included Christies where she helped to sell works by her father. She is 32 years and one the best in the businesses of dealing art. She specializes in Asian art.

In this clip we listen a fellow artist named Henry Li talk about the works of Fu Baoshi. We also visit a museum named for the artist:

When one thinks of blending styles many artists think of Eastern and Western styles. We also must not forget the breakthrough artists like Fu Baoshi who blended different styles of Eastern painting methods from the Chinese and Japanese traditional painting schools.

I love the animated sense of life we get from his figures. Baoshi was a master at anything he chose to paint.


Artist of the moment…….Kotaro Takamura

Kotaro Takamura was the son of Koun Takamura, the last entry and a sculptor who worked with wood and bronze. Kotaro Takamura was born in 1902 in Tokyo, Japan. Kotaro Takamura was like his father a great sculptor. Kotaro also was a poet and enjoyed writing.

A big influence on Kotaro Takamura was Auguste Rodin.

For his artistic education Kotaro Takamura attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied sculpture. The artist also studied abroad in New York City, London, and Paris.

Kotaro Takamura passed away in 1956 at the age of 73 years old.

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What a great father and son combination of artists!


Artist of the moment……Koun Takamura

Koun Takamura was an artist born in the year 1852. Koun Takamura was an artist and poet that was renown for a public commissioned work of who many call the last true samurai, Saigo Takamori. Koun Takamura created the statue in 1898. Below is an image of this famous warrior. Koun Takamura is associated with the modernist movement.


Koun Takamura was an apprentice to master sculptor Takamura Toun.

Another important idea for Koun Takamura was to preserve the art of carving in wood. The artist was part of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts faculty where he taught Buddhist style of carving with wood.

Koun Takamura passed away in 1934.

Koun Takamura was the father of the poet and and artist Kotaro Takamura.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $70,000.

In this clip we view a work by Koun Takamura titled  Sakara the King of Water:

And here we view a statue of a monkey by Koun Takamura:

What a talented family of artists! The son Kotaro Takamura will be the next post!


Artist of the moment….Kaii Higashiyama

Kaii Higashiyama was a fantastic painter of the landscape. Higashiyama was born in Yokohama,Japan in the year 1908.
For his collegiate education he attented what is today the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.

Learned German in one year attending a school in Berlin, Germany.
In 1945 the artist was drafted into the army but was demobilized by the end of the year.
In 1947 Higashiyama won the most prestigious award for art in Japan. Within a few years time Higashiyama would pursue the landscape as his major theme.
I find his landscapes to be very tranquil.The artist was also great at painting trees. If you enjoy the art of Higashiyama check out artist Teruko Wilde. Below an example of her style of painting trees with drips.


In this clip a wonderful selection of works set to music by Kaii Higashiyama.

Kaii Higashiyama passed away in 1999  at age of 91 years old.

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Try paintng a landscape with a focus on trees today!