Japan Art and Rakusan Tsuchiya: Birds, Flowers, and Plants
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The Japanese artist Rakusan (Rakuzan) Tsuchiya was born in the prefecture of Hyogo. He focused on the world of kacho-ga (birds and flowers).
Rakusan was born during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and witnessed the rapid modernization of Japan during the post-war period. He lived until the mid-1970s.
In the early Taisho Period (1912-1926), he studied under the highly acclaimed Seihō Takeuchi (1864-1942). Seihō was one of the pioneers of the Nihonga art movement.
His Rakusan Flower and Bird Series was acclaimed. Rakusan completed this in the early Showa Period.
Overall, Rakusan witnessed momentous changes throughout his life. From militarism to post-war modernization on a grand scale. However, the continuity of his art highlighted the beauty of nature through the prism of kacho-ga.
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