Portraits of the Seasons: The World of Ono Chikkyo
Ono Chikkyo (1889–1979) began studying nihonga (Japanese-style painting) with Takeuchi Seiho at age fourteen, training alongside such future masters of the genre as Hashimoto Kansetsu, Uemura Shoen, and Tsuchida Bakusen. Drawn also to Western art, he embraced color and sought to innovate nihonga, including by taking part in the 1916 founding of the Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai (Society for the Creation of National Painting). In his later years he produced lyrical portrayals of Japanese landscapes, becoming a leading figure in the Kyoto art world and receiving the Order of Culture in 1976. This collection sheds light on Chikkyo’s trajectory and allure through 100 paintings and 50 sketches and other works from every phase of his career—carefully selected out of some 1,700 pieces with the full cooperation of the Chikkyo Art Museum, Kasaoka—together with text by leading Chikkyo expert Shiro Uezono.
|224 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 26 cm, pb, Japanese|