Thursday, April 03, 2008

Kaii Higashiyama: A Retrospective

I subscribe to "Art Knowledge News" as a source for another blog (Mountainair Arts). When this arrived in my mailbox, I thought of Sadamu and also about a class writing project.

your ASSIGNMENT: write us about an artist in or from your country. Educate us about your culture. Research but don't just copy something from a website. Put it in your own words. Don't forget to include at least one picture and a link to the artist's work. You can write about any kind of visual art - painters, muralists, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, architects. and so on. Your artist does not have to be alive and can be from any period.
Kaii Higashiyama -
TOKYO - The National Museum of Modern Art opened the exhibit Kaii Higashiyama: A Retrospective through May 18. A highly praised postwar Japanese-style painter who became widely popular among the public, Kaii Higashiyama (1908-1999) is known for his landscapes conveying deep expression of the painter's inner world. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, this retrospective tries to capture the essence of Higashiyama's art by presenting 100 important works, ranging from early pieces such as Afterglow and Road, to later works including the screen paintings for Toshodaiji Temple, Sound of Waves and Balmy Wind in Yangchou.
Born in Yokohama, Higashiyama graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1931. He was awarded the Japan Art Institute prize in 1956. In 1968 he completed large murals on the New Imperial Palace, and in 1969 he was given the Order of Cultural Merits and designated as a person with cultural merit. In 1975 and 1980, he completed murals in Tōshōdai-ji.

The famous Japanese master Kaii Higashiyama has generously donated more than 700 of his works (paintings, studies, sketches, etc.) to the museum. To house and display these works, the Higashiyama Kaii Gallery was built and opened in April of 1990.

The gallery holds paintings such as "Vibrant Greens", "Forest with a White Horse", and "Evening Quiet"
, and also series of sketches such as "Landscape in Europe", "Journey into Tohoku and Shinshu", "Landscape in China", "Landscape in Northern Europe":, "Four Seasons in Kyoto", "Landscape with a White Horse" and "Spring and Autumn in Yamato". There are also sketches and studies for the Nitten Exhibition and for the Toshodai-ji Murals which show his inspiration and the process of painting.

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I'll write something about a Southwestern artist but first its your turn...


  1. I'm still waiting for comments on this post, the assignment and to read what each of you writes about your favorite artist in your country. I've done my research and thought about posting something to "prime the pump" (get the ball rolling).

    But it's your turn... so get to it.

    PS Don't forget links and at least one picture so we can see the art

  2. Hello Ms Vanessa.
    I’m still thinking who artist to write about. I have to choose. And after that I have to collect information. I think I must do a lot of things before start to write. I want to do this right so I think that they will pass some days.

    I saw the pictures from Manzano Mountains.
    There are beautiful places like my country.I’ll send you soon pictures of mine country.

    I’ll write you soon
    Best regards

  3. Mata -

    You don't have to do that much work or research. Pick an artist you like, find a link and 1-2 images to post. Write a short paragraph about the artist - all in your own words - and tell us why you like his or her work.

    Posting just a few sentences and a link is better than being than being tempted to copy information directly from the site. We can read the information there.

    You are bound to be the expert in this area. I doubt any of us knows much about modern Greek art.


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