Togyū Okumura

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Togyū Okumura (奥村 土牛 Okumura Togyū?, 18 February 1889 – 25 September 1990) was a famous Japanese modern painter of the Nihonga style of watercolour painting. His original name was Yoshizō (義三). The name Togyū referred to a poem from his father who ran a publishing business.

Okumura is characterized by his works which achieve unusual, exquisite quality of colours through the application of the white gofun pigment 100 or 200 times as foundation.

Biography[edit]

  • 1889 Born in Kyōbashi, Tokyo.
  • 1900 Completes shogakko (junior school).
  • 1926 Makes the acquaintance of Hayami Gyoshu.
  • 1959 Becomes a director of the Japanese fine arts institute.
  • 1962 Awarded the Japanese Order of Culture.
  • 1978 Appointed chief director of the Japanese fine arts institute.
  • 1990 Dies aged 101.

Major works[edit]

He painted Mount Fuji, which is in the Tokyo Imperial Palace.[1]

  • 鳴門 (1959, 128.5×160.5 cm)
  • 鹿 (1968, 114.7×145.0 cm)
  • 醍醐 (1972, 135.5×115.8 cm)
  • 閑日 (1974, 73.0×100.0 cm)
  • 吉野 (1977, 108.6×184.4 cm)
  • 富士宮の富士 (1982, 76.1×115.1 cm)
  • 蠣 (1984, 102.0×131.0 cm)
  • 寅 (1985, 16.2×49.5 cm)

Books and collections of work[edit]

  • スケッチそのをりをり (collection of sketches, 1917)
  • 牛のあゆみ (autobiography, 1974)

Major collections holding works by Okumura[edit]

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