Shinsen Tokuoka
Shinsen Tokuoka detail

Tokuoka Shinsen (1896-1972)

Red and White Fringed Poppies
(Hinageshi to Keshi)

hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk; signed Shinsen with one seal Shinsen; the tomobako also signed Shinsen with artist's seal Shinsen

painting: 131.2 by 41.6 cm.
overall: 215.5 by 56.5 cm.

Tokuoka Shinsen (born Tokuoka Tokijiro), was from a wealthy family in Kyoto that nurtured his interests in traditional arts. At the age of 13 he became a student of Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942) by way of an introduction by the artist Tsuchida Bakusen (1887-1936). After only a year with Seiho he was admitted to the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts (Kyoto Shiritsu Bijutsu Kogei Gakko). A few years later in 1914 he entered the Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting (Kyoto Shiritsu Kaiga Senmon Gakko). Although he showed great promise as a student, his early work was continuously rejected starting in 1915 by the government sponsored national exhibitions, first the Bunten and then later the Teiten. Discouraged, Shinsen left Kyoto but continued to submit works for consideration. Finally in 1925 he had his first work accept to the 6th Teiten. He continued to enjoy success at the national exhibitions, and in 1938 he was a judge at the Shin-Bunten. In 1950 he won the Japan Art Academy prize and in 1966 he received the Order of Cultural Merit (Bunka-sho). His work is included in the collections of The National Museums of Modern Art in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. His painting, Peonies at a Back Garden After Rain from 1927 was included in a group of works made into postage stamps in 2012 commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Ellen P. Conant, Steven D. Owyoung, J. Thomas Rimer, Nihonga: Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting, 1868-1968, The Saint Louis Art Museum, p.324

Japanse schilderkunst uit het bezit van de Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst (Exhibition of Japanese Paintings from the Collections of the Friends of Asian Art), The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, April 22-July 16, 2000

Aziatische Kunst (Asian Art Journal), The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, March 2000, 30th year, vol. 1


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