Ushijima Noriyuki / Mori Yoshio Retrospective Exhibition
30 September (Thu) to 24 December (Fri), 1999
This exhibition presented a retrospective of the works of two Western-style painters, Ushijima Noriyuki and Mori Yoshio, both of whom passed away in close succession in 1997. Both artists were members of the Shiseido-sponsored Third Tsubakikai and participated from its first exhibition. This exhibition recalled their achievements with a showing of sixteen works by Ushijima and twelve by Mori.
Ushijima Noriyuki was born in 1900 in Kumamoto prefecture and later studied Western-style painting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (now Tokyo University of the Arts). Throughout his long life he devoted himself to landscape painting, and while he applied Western painting techniques, the style of his works also captured a distinctly Japanese sense of the beauties of the natural world with a finely attuned lyricism. These pictures of serenely silent, dreamlike worlds captured the hearts of many people, and in 1983 Ushijima was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit for his work as a Western-style painter representative of the Japanese nation.
Mori Yoshio was born in 1908 in Tokyo. After attending Keio Junior High School he joined the Hongo School of Western Painting, then spent his twenty-third through twenty-sixth years in Paris broadening his knowledge of European art. In 1950 he earned wide acclaim for his painting “Futari,” and thereafter continued applying his profound style to create numerous well-received images of people highlighting their deep humanity.