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Aya Louisa McDonald

[Kuroda, Kiyoteru; Seiki]

(b Kagoshima Prefect., June 29, 1866; d Tokyo, July 15, 1924).

Japanese painter. He is best known for introducing the plein-air palette of French Impressionism to Japan. He was the most successful and politically influential advocate of Western-style painting (Yōga; see Japan §VI 5., (iv)) in Japan at the turn of the century. Born into a wealthy aristocratic family, Kuroda was adopted by his uncle Viscount Kuroda Kiyotsuna (1830–1917) and educated in French and English in preparation for a career in the Foreign Service. In his teens he studied pencil sketching and watercolours under Hosoda Shūji (fl 19th century), a minor follower of the Western-style painter Takahashi Yūichi.

In 1884 Kuroda was sent to Paris to prepare for a career in law. It was then that his interest in art was reawakened, not only by the city of Paris itself but also by his contact and friendship with other Japanese such as Fuji Masazō (...


Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1898.

Painter, copyist.

The details of Li Yongsen’s life are uncertain. He was known in the West mainly for his scenes of France and his copies of works by the Impressionist painters Renoir and Sisley.

Taipei, 22 March 1992: Scenes of France...


Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1891; died 1973.

Painter. Landscapes, animals.

A poet and calligrapher, Sun Bozhun painted animals and landscapes in an Impressionistic style. He taught Chinese civilisation in the faculty of foreign languages at the University of Tokyo.


Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1893 or 1894, in Zhejiang; died 1983.


After studying under Liu Haisu, Wang Yachen went to Europe in 1928 to continue his education. He pursued an Impressionistic style at that time. On his return, he founded the Xinhua academy in Shanghai which was closed by the Japanese in ...