SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

The Reception to Nihonga by the Public and the Meiji Art Market: Study for Hishida Shunso (1874-1911)

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay
Dr Eriko Kay (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Date: 19 November 2014Time: 5:05 PM

Finishes: 19 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG01

Type of Event: Seminar


This presentation explores the creation of a new market for Nihonga (Japanese style painting), and the development of distribution channels for Nihonga during the late-Meiji period following the move from traditional patronage to that practiced by the newly rising middle-class, particularly focusing on Hishida Shunsō (1874-1911). The commissioners, buyers, galleries, and government policies toward Art will be identified. Also, examination will be undertaken of the emergence of an important rôle in determining taste at a time when consciousness of issues, such as nationhood and artistic individuality, were acute.

Speaker Biography

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, specializing in the Japanese style painting, Nihonga. Eriko was co-organizer of the International Japanese Modern Art History Symposium (JAMAHS) held at SOAS, June 2013. Following the completion of her doctorate, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she had focused on the Museum's collection of modern Japanese paintings and prints, and the Art Market of the United States during the late-19th to early-20th centuries from September 2013 to August 2014. From September 2014, she is a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

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