The Mizuta Collection: Various Aspects of Japanese Modern Painting


  With the coming of the Meiji Period, Japanese painters were stimulated by the realism of Western oil painting, causing them to explore the themes, techniques, and principles of new “Japanese painting.” As the creative environment changed with the establishment of art groups large and small, the creation of the Bunten exhibitions that gathered works by the general public from all over Japan, and the rise of art journalism, each painter pursued the kind of Japanese painting that suited that age and generated a diverse range of artworks.  

  The Mizuta Collection is known for its ukiyo-e, but it also contains a small number of fine modern Japanese paintings by representative artists. In this exhibition, we present not only the paintings of Kaburaki Kiyokata and Itō Shinsui that portray beautiful women in a style that carries on the spirit of ukiyo-e, but also the works of painters like Hishida Shunsō, Shimomura Kanzan, and Maeda Seison who lead the Japanese art world in the pursuit of new Japanese painting. Visitors will get a taste of a variety of aspects of modern Japanese painting. We are also displaying woodblock print series by the last ukiyo-e masters Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Yamamoto Shōun as a feature on ukiyo-e of beautiful women in the Meiji period.

Spring Landscape

Hishida Shunsō,
Spring Landscape,
1897-1906, color on silk, hanging scroll


Kaburaki Kiyokata,
Fujibitai (Widow’s Peak-Beautiful Woman Doing Makeup),
color on silk, framed panel


Matsubayashi Keigetsu, Hydrangeas,
1950, color on silk, hanging scroll

Gallery Talk by Curator

12/8 sat. 12/15 sat. 13:30-


Flyer Click


Hours: 10:00-16:00
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Admission: 300 yen (free for high school students and under)


●By train: take either the JR Sotobō Line to Ōami Station or the JR Sōbu Main Line to Narutō Station; change trains and take the JR Tōgane Line; get off at Gumyō Station; 5 minutes walk to the university
●By car: take either the Keiyō Highway or the Tateyama Expressway to the Chiba-higashi Junction; from there, enter the Tōgane Toll Road; exit at Tōgane and take National Highway (Route) 126 in the direction of Narutō for about 20 minutes; at the signal at Josai International University Mae, turn right
●Shuttle Bus Service Available from: JR Tokyo Station, JR Yokohama Station, JR Nishifunabashi Station; JR Kisarazu Station, JR Chiba Station, JR Soga Station, JR Ōami Station, JR Narutō Station, JR Tōgane Station, Keisei Narita Station


Mizuta Museum of Art, Josai International University
1 Gumyō, Tōgane-shi, Chiba 283-8555, Japan  Tel. 0475-53-2562

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