Past Exhibitions

The Kaihō School after Yūshō
July 10, 2018 - August 5, 2018

During his lifetime, the Momoyama period (1573–1615) master painter Kaihō Yūshō (1533–1615) never formed any organized painting establishment like the Kano school. But Yūshō turned out to be the first of several generations of his family to become painters, beginning with his late-born eldest son Yūsetsu (1598–1677). These artists are collectively known as the Kaihō school.
Just as the painting styles of the Kano transformed during the Edo period (1615–1868), so too did the Kaihō school's painting styles change significantly between Yūshō and Yūsetsu's generations. At the same time, various other interesting phenomena were taking place, such as the fact that Yūshō's signature "bag figures"—representations of human bodies with sparse ink outlines—were adopted by later generations of not Kaihō painters but instead of the Kano school.

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