Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped His Brush at The Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

6th February - 31st March, 2019 | Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) was born in 1831 in Koga in the province of Shimousa (now Koga, Ibaraki prefecture). When he was two-years old in the East Asian age reckoning (kazoe-doshi), his family moved to Edo. At the age of seven, he began studying painting with the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. He later studied with Maemura Towa (?-1841) of the Surugadai Kano school and then with Towa’s own teacher, Kano Tohaku Norinobu (?-1851). He took the art name “Kyosai” (“crazy studio”) upon becoming independent as an artist and won renown for his giga (comic pictures) and other works. In 1870, however, at the age of 40, he was imprisoned for creating a caricature, at a gathering of painters and calligraphers. It is said that the caricature insulted exalted, powerful men. He then changed the first character of his art name so that, while still pronounced “Kyosai,” it meant“enlightened studio.”   official website ››  https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2019_1/


  • Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped His Brush at The Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo   Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped His Brush at The Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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