KIKUCHI Keigetsu (1879-1955) is known as a Japanese-style painter whose figure painting expresses at the same time gracefulness and assuredness. Keigetsu was active in Kyoto from the latter half of Meiji period till the beginning of Showa period, but his works still attract us more than 50 years after his death.
Keigetsu was born at the present Nakano city of the Nagano prefecture, and there learned southern-style painting from KODAMA Katei. On 1896 he went to Kyoto and became a pupil of KIKUCHI Hobun next year. He learned authentic discipline based on Shijo school, and winning various prizes, came into public attention as a promising painter in the artists’ world of Kyoto. After traveling in Europe, he constantly produced serene and graceful works harmonizing occidental painting and Yamato-e, and established his position. On the other hand, as a teacher he brought up many artists such as UDA Tekison and KAJIWARA Hisako.
Commemorating 130th anniversary of his birth, this exhibition presents representative works by Keigetsu from his early days to late years, with recently-found works, copies during his stay in Europe and sketchbooks.
Simultaneously we provide a section featuring UDA Tekison, born at Matsuzaka and one of Keigetsu’s pupils. Both painters were born at the provinces, but at Kyoto were recognized by their respectively characteristic styles. We would like you to enjoy their playing together.