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―Special Exhibition―
Tanaka Isson: A Proudly Independent Painter
who Loved Amami

April 6th (Friday), 2018~ September 24th (Monday/Public Holiday), 2018

―Special Exhibition― Tanaka Isson: A Proudly Independent Painter<br/>who Loved Amami

Marking the 110th year anniversary of Tanaka Isson’s (1908–77) birth, we are holding an exhibition presenting five of his works from our collection, for the first time in this museum.

During his life, Isson was largely a nameless artist. However, in recent years, after being featured on an art television show, he has begun to receive considerable acclaim. At the age of fifty Isson moved to Amami Oshima, and in the twenty years until his death crafted his own artistic world by depicting subtropical wildlife, which had never before been featured in Japanese paintings.

Works he created during his time on Amami are very rare. This exhibition will feature two of them—“Ruddy Kingfisher and White Flowers” and “Three Species of Tropical Fish” —as well as his famous masterpiece “Seashore with screw Pine” (private collection; on display 08/24 to 09/24). The exhibition will also present the art of Itō Jakuchū, who, despite having lived in a different era shares similarities with Isson in his detailed sketch-based flower and bird paintings, as well as the work of Higashiyama Kaii, Isson’s classmate at Tokyo Fine Arts School. In addition, visitors can also look forward to Chinese paintings, literati paintings, Rimpa works, which Isson learned from, modern bird and flower paintings, and ceramic and lacquer pieces. Visitors are invited to enter the world of this proudly independent painter who loved Amami through his own and related artworks.

Exhibited Works

Tanaka Isson “Three Species of Tropical Fish” 1973(Shôwa48)<br/>©2018 Hiroshi Niiyama
Tanaka Isson “Three Species of Tropical Fish” 1973(Shôwa48)
©2018 Hiroshi Niiyama
Tanaka Isson “Hydrangeas” <br/>©2018 Hiroshi Niiyama
Tanaka Isson “Hydrangeas”
©2018 Hiroshi Niiyama
Tanaka Isson “Irises” <br/>©2018 Hiroshi Niiyama
Tanaka Isson “Irises”
©2018 Hiroshi Niiyama
Higashiyama Kai'i “Chapel at Dawn” <br/>1971(Shôwa46)
Higashiyama Kai'i “Chapel at Dawn”
1971(Shôwa46)
Itô Jakuchû “Flowers and Rooster” <br/>Mid Edo period,mid 18th century
Itô Jakuchû “Flowers and Rooster”
Mid Edo period,mid 18th century
Wu Changshuo “Peonies” 1920(Republic of China 9)
Wu Changshuo “Peonies” 1920(Republic of China 9)
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