HIROSHIMA MUSEUM OF ART

KOJIMA Zenzaburo1893~1962

 Born in Fukuoka City, KOJIMA had been absorbed in paintings since he was a junior high school student. In 1914, he moved to Tokyo. He wanted to enter the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, so that he studied under OKADA Saburosuke at the Hongo Institute of Western-style Paintings. At the same year, he failed to the examination of the school, and went home. In 1920, KOJIMA went to Tokyo again, and won the prize at the Nika-ten in 1922. He stayed at Paris from 1925 to 1928, and traveled through Eroupe. He was committed to André DERAIN in Paris. After coming back to Japan, KOJIMA exhibited his 22 works, which he made in Europe, at the Nika-ten. He withdrew the Nika-kai, and became one of the founders of the Dokuritsu Bijyutsu-kyokai in 1930. He made every effort to assimilate the Japanese cultural climate to Western-style paintings. He died in Chiba City.

Zenzaburo KOJIMA《Rice-planting》




Zenzaburo KOJIMA
《Rice-planting》

1943 oil, canvas 72.6×90.5cm

Rice-planting is a scene characteristic of Japanese culture. This work is one of the representative landscapes painted by Kojima as he quested for a Japanese style of oil painting from the mid-1930s onward. Rain streams down in fine lines, like in an ukiyoe woodblock print. Kojima had moved to Kokubunji in Tokyo’s Kitatama County at this time, and from his studio there he could look out over rice paddies, which on rainy days he is said to have painted from inside it.

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