An Art Village in Nagoya! Ichino Toru & Ichino Tatsuoki, Ichino Takao (名古屋に芸術村を！市野亨と龍起・鷹生～100年の命宿る色彩)
Ichino Tōru, Shichisaichō (七彩鳥), 1942
This exhibition presents the works of Ichino Tōru (1910-1966), a Nihonga (日本画 / Japanese painting) artist who dreamed of establishing an artists' village in Nagoya, and his sons Tatsuoki and Takao. Around a century ago, the aspiring artist Tōru studied under 'venue art' proponent Kawabata Ryūshi. After the war, Tōru converted a former army barracks in Chikusa Ward into a 180 square-meter studio, a site which came to be known as Ageha-cho (after a poem by his mentor, Kawabata), with a view to creating a village where his fellow artists could congregate. With his great works in the flower and bird genre, bold yet delicate and in vivid color, Tōru came to spearhead Nagoya's postwar painting scene.
Named after Kawabata, Tōru's son Tatsuoki (1942-1997) was a born artist. Both father and son were completely absorbed in the beauty of the colors and the life dwelling within Nihonga painting. Tatsuoki became an apprentice to Nihonga artist Takayama Tatsuo and was active in the prestigious Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), but passed away at age 55, the same age as his late father when he died. Yet, even today, the brilliance of their works continues to fascinate.
Also featured are works by Tatsuoki's brother, Takao (1947-), who remains an active painter of Nihonga. While Takao's works cover themes ranging from gentle depictions of figures and animals from literature and myths, to those reflecting the current age, and executed in diverse styles, he shares the same passion for life as his father and brother.
Of particular note are three grand pieces by Tōru which survived the Isewan Typhoon and were secretly stored by the Ichino family, making an appearance after almost a century. See the glimmer of beautiful life amid hardship in the works of the young Tōru depicting the trees and birds of Ama district, his birthplace. Together with the Ichino Tatsuoki collection of the Furukawa Art Museum, enjoy the life that shines within Nihonga.
When: Sat. 22 Oct. to Sun. 18 Dec. (10:00 - 17:00; Last entry 16:30.) Closed Mondays.
Where: Furukawa Art Museum (古川美術館), Chikusa Ward (千種区)
Access: A 3-minute walk east from Ikeshita Sta. ( 「池下駅」, H14) Exit 1 on the Higashiyama Subway Line (地下鉄東山線); A 5-minute walk west from Kakuozan Sta. ( 「覚王山」駅, H15) Exit 1 on the Higashiyama Subway Line.
Admission: Adults 1,000 Yen; College and Senior HS students 500 Yen; Junior HS and younger free. Combined admission tickets, discounts available.
Website: https://www.furukawa-museum.or.jp/ (Japanese)