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Shoko Uemura (Japan, 1902-2001)


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Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) studied under Nishiyama Suisho upon entering the Kyoto City School of Painting in 1921. While at school, his work was accepted for display at the 3rd Teiten for the first time, and he later played a major role in a number of government-sponsored exhibitions. (the Society for Creation of Art)". He played an active role in the Society for Creation of Art, reinventing Nihonga and imbuing fresh perspectives to paintings of birds and flowers by reinforcing them with modern compositions while still retaining the traditional sketching techniques. He was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit for his distinguished work in 1959.

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Shoko Uemura (Japan, 1902-2001)

  1. 1. MoMAK (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto) Exhibition Shoko Uemura (1902-2001)
  2. 2. MoMAK (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto) Exhibition Shoko Uemura (1902- 2001)
  3. 3. Exhibitions Shoko Uemura (1902-2001)
  4. 4. Shoko Uemura (1902-2001)
  5. 5. Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) was the eldest son of renowned nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Shoen Uemura (1875-1949). Like his mother, Shoko trained in nihonga, and he became widely acclaimed for his kachō-ga (paintings of flowers and birds).
  6. 6. Known to challenge the refined compositions of traditional painting, he made innovative changes to nihonga style. For example, in his depiction of a peacock — a favorite subject of the master Okyo Maruyama (1733-1795) — Uemura trimmed part of one of the bird’s wing, making it more dynamic, appearing as it if it had just moved out of the frame;
  7. 7. Featured at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto are an overwhelming display of approximately 70 works of art, including "Brilliant Rain," based on tropical birds, "Crane," surpassing past works, and "Peacock," as well as the works he entered into his first big exhibition at the age of 19 entitled "Quiet Garden Welcoming Autumn" and "Night Heron," for which he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts for "harmonizing the traditions and reformation of Japan." The collection also features a rare portrait painting for someone focused on birds and flowers, such as "Spring of a Thousand Leaves" and the sketches included with the book Princess Nukata by Yasushi Inoue
  8. 8. Japanese Blue Magpie Onaga
  9. 9. Hibiscus Crown cranes
  10. 10. Tiger finch
  11. 11. Kidney poor- Showa 41 (1966)
  12. 12. Spring Field
  13. 13. Spring evening
  14. 14. Peafowl
  15. 15. Peacock, 1983 National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  16. 16. A warm winter day 1933
  17. 17. Flower bird Kacho (Royal Starling)
  18. 18. Yamamusume (Formosan Magpie or Cissa caerulea)
  19. 19. Haruzu bird language Showa 4 (1929) Furukawa
  20. 20. Wildgeese Lateautumn1930
  21. 21. Autumn
  22. 22. Tropical Flowers Red and White Plum Blossoms
  23. 23. Red and White Plum Blossoms
  24. 24. Moonlight
  25. 25. Text & pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Sound: James Galway -  Michio Miyagi - Haro no umi (The sea in spring) 2018