Karaemon, Lovers of Chinese-Style Painting: Buzen, Rōen, Jakuchū, and Others

Osaka Museum of History

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Suminoe Buzen

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During the mid-Edo period in Osaka and Kyoto, a number of painters with unique styles enjoyed popularity. Among them, Ito Jakuchū is well known today, but most of his contemporary painters active in Osaka are mostly forgotten. These painters include Suminoe Buzen (1734–1806) and Hayashi Rōen (active as a painter from the 1770s to the 1780s, although the year of his birth and the year he died are unknown), who were two of the most outstanding painters in Osaka who mastered the technique of kara-e (Chinese-style paintings) that were fashionable in those days. As kara-e painters, they pursued their own distinctive styles and had many fans.
While active as an ukiyo-e artist, Suminoe Buzen was also interested in Chinese paintings and produced works that were unusual in those days, such as paintings that highlight the effects of light and copies of Western paintings. Hayashi Rōen, on the other hand, although much of his life remains a mystery, is known for gorgeous bird-and-flower paintings as well as ink paintings that are impressive due to their wild and unique expressiveness. This exhibition features works of painters who admired Chinese paintings and produced Chinese-style paintings themselves, with special focus placed on the exceptionally talented artists, Buzen and Rōen, as well as their contemporaries who had distinctive styles and were active in Osaka and Kyoto.

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from October 31, 2015 at 9:30 to December 13, 2015 at 17:00

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