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Woman Reading

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 116 x 89.5 cm
  • Inv. 1921-CD

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After training in Western painting at the University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo, the Japanese artist Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929) definitely chose an impressionist visual language. His work received an award and was even bought by the imperial family. With the support of the Ohara family, he left for Paris in 1908. A year later, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. Under the direction of the then director Jean Delvin, many painters were trained in Luminism here and came into contact with Emile Claus, who regularly visited the Academy in Ghent. In 1912, Kojima returned to Japan. From 1920 onwards, he returned to Europe several times at the request of Magosaburo Ohara to buy Western art. He brought works by Claus, Delvin, Monet, Matisse, Marquet and Rodin, among others, to Japan. This became the heart of the collection of the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki, the first museum for modern Western art in Japan, opened in 1929. Kojima's paintings will also be displayed there.


Torajiro Kojima Wikidata
Nariwa 1881 - Okayama 1929
painters (artists)AAT

Title Woman Reading
Period 20th century
Location Japan TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) top right: Torajiro Kojima
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1921-CD
Acquisition credit gift
Delvin, Jean
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1921-CD
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/872/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300124520 interior views AAT
300015637 portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
41A251 study; 'studiolo'; library Iconclass
41A7122 bookshelves Iconclass
41A7212 armchair, seat Iconclass
49MM32 book - MM - book open Iconclass
49N reading Iconclass
School / Style Impressionist (style) AAT
Catalogus van het Museum van Schoone Kunsten Gent : II: Moderne Meesters / Georges Chabot, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Ad. Hoste, 1932 (p. 88)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 205 (ill.))
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