Kuroda Seiki 黒田 清輝

1866-1924 Japan-Yōga (Western Style-Impressionism)

 

Brief Biography-Kuroda Seiki, real name Kiyoteru, was born in Kagoshima City in 1866. In Tokyo, he briefly studied painting before going to a foreign language school to prepare for studying law in France. After that, he spent ten years in Paris, where the art dealer, Hayashi Tadamasa, persuaded him to take up painting in a western style. When in Japan in 1893, he opened an art school and taught in his manner, referred to as pleinairism, which derived from plein-air or impressionism. He established the art movement Hakuba-kai, or White Horse Society, in opposition to the Meiji Fine Art Society in 1896, and he taught at the School of Fine Arts in Tokyo that year. He was the first western-style artist to become a Teishitsu Gigeiin or supreme art specialist and President of the Imperial Art Academy; Kuroda Seiki made western art acceptable in Japan.

 

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Woman Reading

Woman Reading

Afternoon Nap

Afternoon Nap

Maiko

Maiko

By the Lake

kuroda By the Lake

Fields of Flowers

Fields of Flowers

Girl of Brehat

Girl of Brehat-Brittany

Withered Field

Withered Field

Prayer

Prayer

Sunlight Falling

Sunlight Falling Through the Leaves

Wisdom

Wisdom

impression

impression

Sentiment

Sentiment

holding a mandolin

woman holding a mandolin

the fields

the fields

Girl with Red Hair

A Girl with Red Hair