1. The displayed works, including some that have never been exhibited in Japan, all have a connection to Japan and demonstrate Rouault’s interest in the country.
The Georges Rouault and Japan exhibition gathers a number of Rouault’s works with a history related to Japan. It features pieces such as Nude (1908), the first Rouault piece to come to Japan; Pierrot (1925), which collector Shigetaro Fukushima introduced to Japan through a magazine;and La Sibylle de Cumes (1947), a much-admired painting from Rouault’s 1953 retrospective in Tokyo. Other works, including some making their debut in Japan, show Rouault’s interest in this country, such as Japanese warrior(c. 1928) and Studies Based on Japanese Prints (1922 or later). The exhibition also introduces, for the first time, letters written to Rouault by Japanese artists.
2. Works by Japanese modern artists Ryuzaburo Umehara and Shunsuke Matsumoto that demonstrate Rouault’s influence!
By displaying Rouault’s art with select works by modern yoga masters such as Ryuzaburo Umehara, Shunsuke Matsumoto, and Kotaro Migishi, this exhibition offers a valuable opportunity to learn about the role Rouault played in the development of Western-style painting in Japan.
3. Suiboku-ga by Hakuin Ekaku and Tessai Tomioka, works by Rouault’s successors, and works by contemporary artists that show similarities with Rouault’s oeuvre.
Presented in this exhibition are Japanese Suiboku-ga pieces, as well as works by Japanese artist one generation removed from Rouault and contemporary Japanese artists, including Yasutake Funakoshi, Tomoharu Murakami, and Makoto Fujimura. By observing the similarities in these works and Rouault’s, visitors will better understand how the universality of Rouault’s works transcends time, place, and form.