Japanese Art and Yumeji Takehisa: The sadness will last forever

Japanese Art and Yumeji Takehisa: The sadness will last forever

Lee Jay Walker 

Modern Tokyo Times

The internationally esteemed Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) died tragically after shooting himself. He took many hours to die but when all hope was lost he famously said, “The sadness will last forever.”

Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934) equally died relatively young but in very different circumstances. Hence, with declining health, Takehisa died after entering a sanatorium. However, in a sense, Takehisa also died with the feeling that “The sadness will last forever.”

Yet from an artistic point of view – and very much alive internationally – the art of Van Gogh shines brightly long after his death. Sadly, for Takehisa, no redemption would follow because his dream of international notoriety never happened.

Indeed, even nature befell Takehisa during his lifetime. This relates to losing countless numbers of his art in the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake.

One can only imagine how the deaths of over 100,000 people impacted on Takehisa after the Great Kanto earthquake. However, just like he knew that he couldn’t make enough money through his poetry, he doggedly kept on.

In 1931, Takehisa traveled to America, Germany, and Italy with great hope. He believed strongly that this would pave the way for gaining international recognition. Instead, little materialized despite some bright spots. Hence, with his health deteriorating he returned to his homeland in 1933 and entered a sanatorium.

Thus with declining health – and knowing his life was fading – sadness befell Takehisa. After all, he knew he had failed to achieve international acclaim hence no solace in his last few moments. Therefore, “The sadness will last forever” for Takehisa, unlike redemption for Van Gogh who is revered all over the world.

PLEASE DONATE TO HELP MODERN TOKYO TIMES

Modern Tokyo News is part of the Modern Tokyo Times group

DONATIONS to SUPPORT MODERN TOKYO TIMES – please pay PayPal and DONATE to sawakoart@gmail.com

http://moderntokyotimes.com Modern Tokyo Times – International News and Japan News

http://sawakoart.com – Sawako Utsumi personal website and Modern Tokyo Times artist

https://moderntokyonews.com Modern Tokyo News – Tokyo News and International News

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/moderntokyotimes/ Modern Tokyo Times is now on PINTEREST

PLEASE JOIN ON TWITTER

https://twitter.com/MTT_News Modern Tokyo Times

PLEASE JOIN ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/moderntokyotimes

 

Please follow and like us:
,