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Gekkashunoufuji - Nakajima Chinami

There are two big barriers for a Japanese painter. One is Fuji, and another is cherry blossom. Innumerable painters drew them so far. That is why there are a lot of masterpieces, and there are a lot of people who feel a hesitation for to paint. A feeling to avoid as an unmanageable motif resisted oneself at the start, but he watched the artwork, "the evening in the spring" of Hayami Gyoshu, and what affectation is impressed by the description of the obedient cherry tree which there is not, and Nakajima Chinami says that he strongly thought that he want to painting a cherry blossom. Then he devoted himself to a cherry blossom as if a dam had broken. The hot thought dwells in one piece of one flake of the petal.
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Jo No Mai - Uemura Shoen

Uemura Shoen is the Japanese painter who was honored to be given the Order of Culture for the first time as a woman in 1948. She shines out in the history of Japanese painting circles as the modern Nihon-ga painter. The rich emotion that seems to sound the breath of painted women is second to none, and her artworks are possessed by many art museums.

This artwork Jo No Mai is a silk screen. The original painting of this artwork is her best work which was selected to the Important Cultural Properties in 2000. It is the perfect gem which was painted the moment to be full of strain that a dignified face of the beauty who was dancing with a fan in her hand. It is beautiful, proud, clean, refreshing... The feminine beauty that she continued pursuing for her life was expressed wonderfully.

This silk screen is the artwork which is reproduced the masterpiece of masterpiece finely and elegantly.
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Kumo Waku Sankyou
Every since infancy Higashiyama Kaii had a naturally friendly disposition. From the time he was enrolled at the Tokyo Fine Arts School he aimed to become a landscape painter, and at the end of the Pacific War with a painting that would change his life immensely he fulfilled a date with destiny. During his days training as a soldier he saw the tower of the castle at Kumamoto, and from there a feeling that caused his spirit to sway swelled up in his heart. Having seen death before him, the heart and eye he brought to his painting was changed from its former purity and he discovered a beauty in the essential nature of the landscapes to which he had previously grown accustomed.

The morning of far away mountains shrouded in silence while fog rises up in coils along the face of the mountains. Trees and mountains are faint and hazy in the distance, and amid the mists in the streak of a sparkling waterfall in the mountain gorge. This is the green that the painter cherished, a green of depth and calm. The meaning of nature floats in the color, and it creates a deep and mysterious world.

Higashiyama once said, "Trees are living, and they are always speaking to us". He said that he heard that voice, not in his ears, but in his heart. It seems Higashiyama, when coming across the scene in this painting, expressed on canvas the silence of the trees, the way that silence stood out against the music of waterfall, and the voice of the trees which he felt in his heart. It was with this connection he shared with nature, and amid its grandeur, that Higashiyama was given life and aware of the smallness of his existence. Filling it like a prayer, the world in the painting overflows with a feeling in awe of life that transcended the time of humans and the happiness in cherishing that awe.
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Uemura Shoen

Uemura Shoen was born in Kyoto. Her true name is Tsune. Her father died two months ago when she was born. Her family was a buckwheat noodle shop, and her mother brings her up alone. She liked paintings very much since she was a child, so she graduated from an elementary school, then she entered the first Japanese painting school in Kyoto. However, she thought it is more beneficial becoming a pupil of the honorable master than studying in the school given priority to a curriculum, and so she withdrew from school and became a pupil of Suzuki Shonen in 1888. She advanced remarkably, she was given a name "Shoen". A relative and circumference often criticized her such way of life. It was the best virtue for a woman to marry and protect home in the world of the Meiji era, and it was an object of the slander to be received education and to learn a painting. In 1890, "Shiki bijin-zu" which she exhibited at the third Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai exhibition was made purchase by Imperial Highness Prince of Wales Connaught, she received a honorable mention and people said gthere is a genius girl in Kyotoh. She changed her master in sequence, so that she could learn a new painting technique. She became a pupil of Takeuchi Seiho who was the central figure of the Kyoto painting circles when she was at 20 years old. She became pregnant at 27 years old. The partner is called the first teacher Suzuki Shonen, but Shoen did not talk about most because of he had a family. She chose the way of single mother and gave birth to the first son Uemura Shoko while bearing cold eyes of the world. He grew up and became a painter and was given the Order of Culture. The private life was any kind of situation, but she did not neglect the study of the painting from an early morning. Her technique of the painting was advancing by quantum leaps, and her artworks are highly estimated at the exhibition of each place. As she was active intensely, she was an object of envy and hatred to male painters. It was so terrible as to write later that it was a bloody battle same as the officer of the battlefield. She continued grasping a paintbrush in the conservative Japanese painting circles that avoided the society advance of the woman.
The terrible incident occurred in 1904. Her artwork at exhibition was scribbled. It is said that she said to the staff, "Please continue exhibiting it. Let's show the reality". She was small, but her spiritual strength seemed to be steel. The women that were painted by her made all dignified and rose indignity, and the style of painting was grand. At the Bunten exhibition which was founded in 1907, she was selected and awarded every time. She was appointed to the judge of the Teiten, Shinbunten and Nitten, and she also exhibited at The New York International Exhibition.
She fought against the social prejudice bravely, however, she broke up with her younger lover in her forties, and she was in a slump. As a result she gave birth to the problematic artwork "Hono (flame)". It was the world of the grudge of the woman which was painted by her who continued drawing a clean painting of beauties. She said later, "I can not understand myself why I painted such the ferocious painting", and she did not exhibited at all for three years afterwards. However, ironically, she had gained a more reputation for this artwork. The painters who denied her till then were frightened at her terrible emotion.
In 1934, her mother who had supported her for all the time died. Two years later, she completed her best artwork "Jo No Mai". It was the ideal image of woman which was painted by woman.
She was given the Order of Culture the first as a woman in 1948, and the next year she died at 74 years old. It is said that "No Shoen before Shoen, no Shoen after Shoen" in the modern painting circles in Japan.
She said "I think I have survived only with the temper, and I think also I have lived to paint".
History
1875 Uemura Shoen was born in Kyoto. Her true name is Tsune.
1887 She entered the "Kyoto-fu Gagakko (existing Kyoto City Dohda Senior High School of Arts)".
1888 She became the pupil of Suzuki Shonen.
1895 She became the pupil of Kono Bairei.
1895 She became the pupil of Takeuchi Seiho.
1900 She exhibited at the 9th "Nihon Kaiga Kyokai and Nihon Bijutsuin Rengou Kyoshinkai", and she was given the silver medal, and achieved eminence in the painting circle in Japan.
1902 She bore the eldest son, Uemura Shoko.
1916 She exhibited "Gesshoku No Yoi" at the 10th "Bunten (existing Nitten)".
1940 She exhibited "Tsuzumi No Ne" at The New York International Exhibition.
1941 She was appointed to the member of the "Teikoku Bijutsuin (existing Nitten)".
1946 She was appointed to the judge of the "Shinbunten (existing Nitten)".
1948 She was given the Order of Culture the first as a woman.
1949 She passed away in August at 74 years old.
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Nakajima Chinami

Nakajima Chinami was born in Obuse where his family evacuated during the war. In 1969, he graduated from the Nihon-ga department of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and completed his graduate studies in 1971. In 1979 he received the Yamatane Museum of Art Exhibition Award for Excellence. As one of the finest contemporary Japanese painters, he is known for his broad range, encompassing works portraying fresh, vibrant flowers such as sakura..., large-format portraits rich with social and religious meaning, as well as book covers and illustrations. In 2000 he took office to the professor of the design department of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
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1945 On October 21, Nakajima Chinami was born as the third son of Japanese painter Nakajima Kiyoshi in Obuse, Nagano Prefecture.
1969 He graduated from the Japanese painting department of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
1971 He completed his graduate studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He was appointed to the "Inyu" of The Japan Art Institute.
1979 He was awarded in the 5th Yamatane Museum of Art Exhibition for excellence.
1983 He got a prize in the 1st Japanese Painting of Nude Woman Exhibition.
1989 He exhibited at the Euro Paria '89 Japan / Contemporary Japanese Painter in Belgium.
1992 He donated 700 artworks to Obuse town, which opened the Obuse Museum / the Nakajima Chinami Gallery.
1994 He was appointed as the assistant professor of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
1995 His private exhibition "Nakajima's World" opened in Paris.
2000 He was appointed as the professor of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
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Higashiyama Kaii

History
1908 On July 8, Higashiyama Kaii was born in Yokohama. His true name is Shinkichi.
1926 He entered the Japanese painting department of Tokyo Fine Arts School (existing Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music)....
1931 He graduated from Japanese painting department of Tokyo Fine Arts School. He studied under Yuki Somei, and assumed a pen name "KAII".
1933 He finished a graduated course of Tokyo Fine Arts School. He visited Europe in August.
1934 He was selected to the first German-Japanese exchange student and entered Berlin University.
1947 He exhibited "Zanshow"(afterglow) at the 3rd Nitten exhibition, and it was selected as Special Selection.
1950 He exhibited "Michi"(a way) at the 6th Nitten exhibition, and won eminent as a landscape artist.
1956 "Koukon" which was the artworks he exhibited at Nitten exhibition won the 12th Japan Art Academy Award, and it was purchased by the government.
1965 He was appointed to a member of The Japan Art Academy. He took office as a director of Nitten.
1968 He completed "Asaake No Shio"(the tide of dawn) as a big mural of Imperial Palace.
1969 He was given the Order of Culture, and was selected to Person of Cultural Merits.
1976 He was given the Grand Cross of Merit by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany.
1984 He took office as an advisor of Nitten.
1985 He was awarded the Order Pour le Merite which was the supreme order of the arts and sciences of West Germany.
1999 On May 6, he passed away at 90 years old, and he was given the Orders of the Sacred Treasure.
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Hirayama Ikuo
History
1930 On June 15, He was born in Hiroshima Prefecture. He studied under Maeda Seison.
1961 His artworks exhibited at the 46th "Inten" exhibition won the Award of The Japan Art Institute....
1964 He was appointed to the "Dojin" of The Japan Art Institute.
1973 He was appointed as the professor of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
1989 He took office as the president of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (~ '95).
1993 He was selected to the Person of Cultural Merits.
1996 He took office as a chief director of The Japan Art Institute.
1998 He was given the Order of Culture.
2001 He took office as the president of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music again (~ '06).
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Lithograph by Uemura Atsushi, "Natsuhikage". http://bit.ly/1m4VCz8
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