a budda in every blossom



hotoke no za -
I see a Buddha
in every blossom

For Ogura Yuki, Painter
小倉遊亀 [1895~2000]

Ogura Yuki (1 March 1895 - 23 July 2000)
was a nihonga painter in Showa period Japan. Her maiden name was Mizoguchi Yuki. She was known for her bijinga, paintings of beautiful ladies.

She specialized in graceful family scenes, still life, and pictures of women. During the 1950s and 1960s, she painted many large portraits of friends and family members in the nude. Although Ogura never departed from the traditional framework of the Nihonga style, her figure paintings are often described by contemporary critics as "modern," both in style and content.

A very prolific artist, in 1976, she was selected to become a member of the Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijitsu-in), and later become honorary chairperson of that organization. She was awarded the Order of Culture in 1980, and is one of only two women painters (the other being fellow Nihonga painter Uemura Shoen) to be so honored.

She married a Zen priest many years her elder and cared for him lovingly.

During this time she came to realize

that all things are Buddha,
the big and the small ones,
the flowers and the animals ... anything.

Her studio and home were located Kamakura, where she lived to the advanced age of 105.
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Shoko Uemura Shokoo 上村松篁

Marking the 10th year since nihonga 日本画 (Japanese-style painting) artist Shoko Uemura's death, this exhibition showcases representative works from the painter's later years, and includes a series featuring cranes — one of the artist's favorite motifs.

Shoko was the son of the famous nihonga painter
Shoen Uemura 上村松園
and he followed in her artistic footsteps to create kacho-ga (birds-and-flower paintings). In 1948, he helped established Souzou Bijutsu (present-day Souga-kai), a group of like-minded artists dedicated to further promoting nihonga.
For more than 80 years, he was respected as one of the most well-known nihonga painters in Japan; till Nov. 27.
source : Japan Times, October 2011


Shoen Uemura Shooen 上村松園
was the pseudonym of an important woman artist in Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa period Japanese painting. Her real name was Uemura Tsune. Shōen was known primarily for her bijinga paintings of beautiful women in the nihonga style, although she also produced numerous works on historical themes and traditional subjects.
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. Buddha's Seat (hotoke no za)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) was born to Shoen Uemura, the most revered and financially successful female painter of the early modern period, who arguably did more to popularize the bijinga genre (pictures of beautiful women) than any other. Artistically, however, his mother is said to have taught him nothing. As a child, he took a liking to insects, flowers and birds — and using his mothers lipsticks, he drew bird crests. The long-held reverence for East Asian flower-and-bird painting preoccupied him for the rest of his life, and the current show at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, spans his entire career.

Japan Times

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