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Shoen Uemura was born in Kyoto on April 23, 1875. Her real name was Tsune Uemura. She had a strong interest in "Bijinga" drawings (images portraying the beauty of women) over her entire lifetime, which spanned the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras. Her style involved sharpening the sense of color of "Bijinga" paintings and developing them into works of art rather than sketches. Her work has no equal in this class of paintings. She entered Kyoto Prefectural Art School in 1874 and studied under several traditional Japanese painters, including Shounen Suzuki, Bairei Kono and Seiho Takeuchi. Her genius blossomed from early on, at which point her style was already firmly established: it became known later as "Shoen-style Bijinga". At the age of 15, she entered "Shiki Bijinga " in Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai (Domestic Industrial Exposition) and won a prize. With this as a start, she successively exhibited works in various expositions, such as the Nihon Bijutsu kyokai (Japanese Art Association) and the Japan Youth Painting Fair, succeeding in breaking new ground with "Bijinga" paintings. She became a household name when she was granted the third prize for "Nagayo" in the 1st Bunten Exhibition of 1907 and for "Tsukikage " in the 2nd Exhibition the next year. In the 9th Bunten Exhibition of 1915, she also won the second prize for "Hana-gatami", and finally she was recommended as a permanent exhibitor the next year. Subsequently, as a member of the Teiten Exhibition (Japan Imperial Exhibition), an advisor to the Teiten Exhibition and a member of Teikoku Bijutsuin (the Japan Imperial Academy of Art), she made a major contribution to the Modern Painting Academy of Japan. In 1948, she was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Culture. On August 27 of the very next year, she passed away at her mountain cottage in Heijo Village, Nara Prefecture.

 

 

 


            


 

  

Kanoh

HOHGAI

 Gaho HASHIMOTO

Bairei

KONO

Keinen

IMAO

Hobun

KIKUCHI

Seiho

TAKEUCHI

Taikan YOKOYAMA

Shunkyo YAMAMOTO

Gyokudo

KAWAI

Kanzan SHIMOMURA

Shunso

HISHIDA

 
 

Shoen

UEMURA

Nishimura

GOUN

Hyakusui HIRAFUKU

 Kiyokata KABURAKI

Kansetsu HASHIMOTO

Seison

MAEDA

Shinsui

ITO

Kayo YAMAGUCHI

Kaii HIGASHIYAMA

Shoko

UEMURA

 

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