Morita Tsunetomo 森田恒友 (1881-1933)
Morita Tsunetomo’s work was influenced by travel and study in Europe as well as his interest in Nihonga, an approach to painting that combined traditional Japanese painting conventions with Western painting techniques. Having first studied oil painting at the Tokyo Art School (later the Tokyo University of the Art or Tōkyō Geijutsu Daigaku), he traveled in France, where he became interested in French modern art, particularly the work of Paul Cézanne. Returning to Japan, he became the director of the Western Painting Department of the Imperial Art Academy, wrote a number of essays and commentaries on art, and turned to the painting of landscapes, mostly in a Western-influenced style and some specifically in the style of Cézanne. In his later years, he created a number of works in the Nihonga mode, using the traditional Japanese media of ink and paper, and sometimes color.
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/829413