Modern Japanese paintings (Yoga) and Cultural Interaction Studies -The artworks of Kanokogi, Yorozu, Maeta, and painters following the French Salon de Mai group of artists-
56 , 2015-03-31 , 関西大学 大学院東アジア文化研究科
Since the Edo era, among the collections of modern Japanese art, "Yoga", or oil paintings followed Chinese culture and paintings，but subsequent new developments in "Yoga" were achieved during the Meiji era by gradually stepping out of the traditional ways of Chinese painting. This article presents a new aspect of cultural interaction studies in Japanese modern "Yoga" by considering the works of Japanese artists such as Kanokogi Takeshiro, Yorozu Tetsugoro, Maeta Kanji, and those who were greatly influenced by the French group of artists called the "Salon de Mai". The painters discussed in this article were active in the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa eras as well as the period immediately after the 2nd World War. The characteristics of their painting are analyzed in order to examine a new category of studies of cultural interaction on Japanese art history through an introduction of artistic modification and interaction with Western culture. The artworks of Japanese painters who appreciated artistic skills in Western-style art and culture are discussed, but this article places a particular emphasis on how modern Japanese "Yoga" has been evaluated in the history of Japanese art.