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A Passion for Watercolour Nakanishi Toshio and the Artists of the Sogenkai

Period: October 27th to December 2nd, 9:30 to 5pm (last entrance at 4:30, closed Mondays)

Location: Tsukuba Museum of Art

Admission: Adults 480yen, High school/university students 380yen, children 280yen

The watercolour style that was brought to Japan during the late Bakufu period and through the Meiji era was widely pervasive at the end of the Meiji era, with many pieces presented at exhibitions. However, during the late Taisho era it slowly fell out of popularity. During this time Nakanishi Toshio (1900-1948) and other young artists with a passion for watercolour gathered to become the Sogenkai (new watercolour movement) group.

When Nakanishi entered the Tokyo Art School in 1922 (Taisho Year 11), he and his friends from the temporary Japanese watercolour study group, Oyama Ryoshu (1898-1991) and Tomita Michio (1901-1994), formed the ‘Tokyo Three-Legged Party’, where they recruited other enthusiasts and promoted the study of watercolour. Two years later they renamed their group Sogenkai and expanded their activities; beginning with the setup of regional branches in 1930 (Showa 5) and the opening of watercolour seminars in all areas, their ‘watercolour revival’ movement spread across the country. Many next generation watercolour artists, such as Kobori Susumu (1904-1975) had their start in this group.

This exhibition will re-examine the activities of the Sogenkai through newly unearthed documents, focusing on Nakanishi Toshio, who left large footsteps on history of watercolour in the Showa period.

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